You Want This is a single from Janet Jackson's fifth album "Janet.". The song was written & produced by Janet, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. It contains samples from Diana Ross & the Supremes' 1968 song "Love Child" and Kool & the Gang's 1973 song "Jungle Boogie".
The single version of the song (used in the music video) features an additional rap verse by MC Lyte.
The single contains two B-sides, the janet. track "New Agenda" and the then-unreleased "70's Love Groove" (which also appears on 1995's janet. Remixed.)
MC Lyte said of the song: "By that time, Janet and I were friends. It was just a matter of her asking if I wanted to do it. I was just about to go on tour with her and do her U.S. leg. Coupled with that, they asked me to do a song with her that we could perform while we were on that tour.”
The video was directed by Keir McFarlane in August of 1994 and was Loosely based on Russ Meyer's 1965 film "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!"
It centers around Janet and her friends encountering two men. Set at a motel on the desert and featuring car chases, it also contains a dance routine towards the end.
Two versions of the video, one black-and-white and the other colorized, are available on the 1994 video compilation "janet." The colorized version is featured on the repackage of 2001's "All for You" as well as the 2004 DVD "From Janet to Damita Jo: The Videos."
MC Lyte declared: “I was totally psyched to be in a video with Janet Jackson. The only thing I wish I did know how to do was dance [laughs]. Have I been able to dance I could have really participated."
"You Want This" peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart. It was also certified Gold by the RIAA with sales of 500,000. R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and was moderately successful internationally, making it to the top twenty in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.