Undoubtedly, Michael Jackson changed the music game with the first note to the last dance step. ESSENCE.com takes a look at some of yesterday and today’s artists who keep the King of Pop’s legacy alive through remakes and samples.
This club banger gets the people moving but when the break delivers MJ’s classic “mamasay mamasa” tongue twister, that’s when all party people rush the dance floor. Listen Now
'Addiction' by Ryan Leslie feat. Cassie and Fabolous
Sample: “I Can’t Help It”
Some women have such a profound effect on a man that he gets besides himself. So what better way to tell your special lady you’re sweet on her than whispering MJ’s famous lines “when I’m looking in the mirror, nothing’s more clearer” than your addiction to her. Listen Now
MJ’s mini horror movie was frightening, but considering all the police brutality in the world, it’s most befitting that this political rap group would use the scariest song to describe some public authorities.
The South Bronx-bred lyricist turned MJ’s classic love anthem to pay homage to his mother while sharing a vivid description of his growing joys and pains and how it affected his mother but never stopped her from showing him unconditional love.
From the moment the classic “BJ” intro drops, Cube whispers a seductive “yeah” that’s joined with the staple West Coast rap symphony and his boasting about how he handles his business personally and otherwise.
Perhaps the Harlem rapper tried to send a subliminal message about infidelity to serial cheaters by encouraging them to get it out of their system? An interesting and controversial twist to the MJ classic.