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The Thriller of Michael Jackson

The Thriller of Michael Jackson

To set things straight, this is not a post trying to put dirt on MJ's name or anything so please don't get the title mixed up, we're definitely not here for that and you shouldn't be either, this is a celebration of a damn legend the world lost and shouldn't of have lost 7 years ago. Where were you when breaking news reported that Michael Jackson has died? On June 25th, 2009 news broke out all over media outlets including at the time, Twitter. That's how I found out we lost the Greatest Of All Time. Minutes later there was nonstop coverage on CNN, MSNBC, Headline News, and other channels, MTV and BET at the time cleared their whole channel lineup to cover the news on MJ, that's how big this was. Can we say MJ had some kind of impact on all of us? Absolutely, the man was a genius and arguably the biggest entertainer in the world, MJ had people crying and passing out at his concerts, unreal.

His Super Bowl performance where he just stared at the crowd for a good 3 minutes was insane, all this guy had to do was stand there, take his glasses off and do nothing else and the crowd goes wild, who's doing that today?, NOBODY. The media called him "weird", "strange" and a bunch of other bullshit meanwhile celebrities today get away with so much jive shit the media puts them in the safe zone. A lot of people thought MJ bleached his skin because he "wanted to be white", again more nonsense from the airheads, MJ wasn't right physically or mentally after the incident filming the Pepsi commercial where his hair caught on fire, the medication he was on from 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his head completely did damage to his skin even with the skin disease he had previous, MJ knew who he was and what he was, from doing records with Shaq, Biggie, showing up at Summer Jam with Jay Z and doing a track with 50 Cent, he was born a n.i.g.g.a and died a n.i.g.g.a but let somebody else tell it different and they swear they're right.

Michael was a star ever since the lyrics to "ABC" was written, and before that. From being the lead singer of the Jackson 5 to breaking off on his own and becoming an icon, Mike was literally a king. He dropped 4 solo albums with Motown but things had to change, and it definitely was for the better. By making a transition to EPIC/CBS Records, 'Off The Wall' was created in 1979 with the production assistance of Quincy Jones and co writing from Rod Temperton and Stevie Wonder, Off The Wall was a big album and some people think it's better than Thriller, that's a real tough debate there, with hits like Rock With You, Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Off The Wall, Get On The Floor, and I Can't Help It, this album took off quick, and so did MJ. 1982 comes around and the biggest album ever is released, THRILLER, Michael took a whole new different route with this album and I'm just gonna say my favorite record off this album is easily Beat It, from start to finish that song is on another level and my favorite moment on the album is the Vincent Price laugh. I don't have to name the track list for THRILLER because you should already know what MASSIVE spectacular piece of art that album is, including the music videos that changed the game today. After Thriller took off to another galaxy a year later in 1983 Michael wanted a solo spot on the Motown 25 show, and he got it, and that was the time he introduced the moonwalk to the world and was proclaimed king status. When I said MJ had some kind of impact in our lives this is what I mean here, if you wasn't trying to execute the moonwalk on the kitchen floor after you put on a fresh new pair of socks, I can't fuck with you, simple as that. It was a time people were trying to do the spin move like the man and even wore one glove in public, it was that serious from the huge Victory tour, and even the Pepsi commercial incident.

5 years later after Thriller, MJ released the Bad album, a great album at that, thing is about MJ is that he developed to whatever new sound that was currently going at the moment, the 80's were heavy on rock, hard rock and pop, this was a real 80's album, and which also sparked the incredible classic Moonwalker film starring MJ and Joe Pesci, and not to mention which might be the greatest video featured, SMOOTH CRIMINAL (Roger Troutman also had a production credit on this record). Bad blew up that time Michael Jackson had his Super Nintendo game titled Moonwalker. 1991 Jackson might of released his most underrated album to date, Dangerous, the new jack swing sound was happening and MJ and Teddy Riley took advantage, and just to be clear, Give In To Me is the best record on that album, Jam had Heavy D rapping while MJ and Michael Jordan was playing basketball and Remember The Time got the best video, it isn't even close. From the HIStory album to his last album Invincible, MJ was still untouchable, only the media fucked with him but his fans were still supportive no matter what, including the legend Chris Tucker. Dr. Dre had Quincy Jones on his radio show The Pharmacy on Beats 1 and Dre said 1 of his biggest regrets was not working with Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre was suppose to produce the Invincible album but I don't know what happened, all I know is those 2 geniuses working on a album would have been unbelievably incredible, but now we'll never get to hear it unless it's more posthumous material over new Dre production, which isn't a bad idea. I mean MJ probably has 50 albums worth of new stuff we haven't heard.

You can call the man weird, believe the bullshit the media and news outlets still say about him or whatever but you can't take away his greatness, people said he died broke which also isn't true, Michael owned half of Sony at one point, HALF OF SONY, and other people's publishing, so whatever song you heard on the radio or at your local department store playing, he owned them, pure business at its finest laughing all the way to the bank. Michael was so powerful and big that Stan Lee was gonna make a deal to give him majority ownership of Marvel comics, if not the whole damn thing, so whatever Marvel films you see today, all of those would have been executive produced by Michael Jackson, ALL OF THEM, but it wasn't even Stan Lee's decision, it was the higher corp, politics as usual. The legacy of MJ will live on for generations, and there still won't be an artist like the King Of Pop or King Of Music however you wanna call it, I just hope we get a excellent biopic soon but it's gonna be difficult x70 to get that right but it can be done. You can try to sound like him on your records, dance like him at your shows or whatever, there will never be another Michael Jackson, and you can get the fuck out my face with that who's more talented and a better dancer jive talk, MJ fathered all these clones whether you like it or not, have some respect for a LEGEND. R.I.P.

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