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Hear Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis Share Hitmaking Secrets

Jam and Lewis discuss their work with Janet Jackson and much more on the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast

Music producers Jimmy Jam, left, and Terry Lewis attend the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Barclays Center on Friday, March 29, 2019, in New York.

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Legendary producers and songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis join host Brian Hiatt for a career-spanning interview on the latest episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, discussing their stint working with Prince as members of the Time, their multi-decade collaboration with Janet Jackson, the birth of their collaborative style, the stories behind some of their greatest hits, and much more.

They also explain why, after originally intending to release a debut Jam and Lewis LP circa 1987, they’ve finally gotten around to working on their own album, which includes collaborations with Babyface and others.

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