This past week, I had a few R&B tracks on rotation in my Ipod that I kept replaying more times then a challenged catch in an NFL playoff game: Confessions, You remind me, Magic, Bigger then the World, Trading Places, I Can't Win, R&B Thug, I need a Girlfriend remix and a few others. These songs are performed by the likes of Usher, Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly and B2K. Some of the names previously mentioned are considered to be some of the best entertainers in the world (notwithstanding porn and the SBG obviously). If Usher or Justin Timberlake go on stage to perform, I want to see it. Those guys are just so impressive when it comes to their ability to sing the best songs and break it down on the dance floor. Ursh and JT know how to bring your soul out. And yet, for all of their talents and God given abilities, they all pale in comparison to the King of Pop. When I was a young kid growing up in Haiti, I can recall staying up late to catch a Michael Jackson concert on TV. Once it was done and my parents sent me to my room to sleep; I was instead on my bed mimicking Michael's every move. It's a shame really that no one filmed me because in my mind, I could probably go into a dance off with Mike Jack. And you know what? I'm not alone. Every young kid from the 80's remembers trying to dance like Michael, trying to sing like Michael and trying to be smooth like Michael (admit it, we all thought he was smooth; I love his video "The way you make me feel" and yet I'd probably get slapped if I tried his approach with a woman). Me and my cousin DJ even had the leather jacket that Jacko rocks in his video "Thriller". DJ's was red (exactly like in the video) whereas mine was black. I still remember arguing about how the black version was the best, but I knew that the red one was the shiznit. But that's how much Michael Jackson influenced me and millions of other people in the world. If not for him, we might have never seen the likes of Usher, Timberlake, Chris Brown (the R&B singer, not the Ike Turner version), R. Kelly (I won't say anything bad about Kellz for once, girls scout honor....oops), B2K, Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block and N'Sync just to name a few. That's the crazy thing about Mike, it didn't matter where you lived, what music you liked or what race you were; you loved MJ. You loved how he broke up the fight in "Beat It"; you loved how he transformed into sand in "Do you remember the time"; you loved how he tilted his body in diagonal with both his feet stuck together and his legs straight in "Smooth Criminal" (you know the move right?) and you loved how he tried to teach Michael Jordan how to dance in "Jam". A lot of us only remember Michael for the allegations, the interviews, the court cases, the Neverland ranch, the surgeries and skin color; but the man was clearly more then that. If you look back to your childhood, you will see a child in complete awe of the best entertainer the world has ever seen. So the next time you hear someone say something bad about Michael, just remember that he taught several of us how to dream and how to "Heal the World". So I would encourage each and everyone of you for old time's sake to grab your crotch and yell at the top of your lungs HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO one last time for the man that made you want to sing and dance. The King of Pop.
RIP Michael Jackson
The Way You Make Me Feel (he starts hitting on girl at 2:45 mark)
Do You Remember The Time