Cueing up track one from the Thriller album right now- Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'. Untouchable. It is indisputable that the man made some wonderful music. One of my earliest, if not THE earliest memory of me using my parent's record player was throwing this LP on. I was very young... I didn't even know you could lift up the needle to cue any song on the record. Messing around with the Technics home stereo, I thought with the turntable, you had to just listen to an entire record from the outside in. Needless to say, I had to be patient to get to the title track (last cut on Side A). I must have been no older than five-years-old.
The point of my little rant here is that, from the very beginning, Michael Jackson's classic records were there to fuel my infatuation with music. So many households have had these records passed down through a generation or two at this point, bringing countless people some great entertainment. That's what it's all about. So, play some of those stellar records tonight, and enjoy them. That's what I'll be doing.
And as for the hip hop influence, nobody can ever front on this. Human nature, baby.
"You might as well be a singer but ain't harmin' Nas / harmonize"
This mp3 wasoriginally snagged from Konstant Kontact blog. Aka, special thanks to Stretch Armstrong!
Don't forget about this one. If you haven't heard it, give it a listen!