Have we all watched and listened to this as adults? I know we were all hype for the release back when we were children because it was two of the most iconic performers of all time putting out a song together, but have you gone back to this as an adult? Have y’all paid attention to the fire in that man’s voice? Janet’s facial expressions? All these sets? The outfits? If you’ve never watched this video as adult — focused, with no distractions — you’re doing yourself a grave disservice.
So far, I’ve heard three tracks from Michael Jackson's new album Xscape. The duet with Justin Timberlake is a bore and “Blue Gangsta” isn’t really moving me either. The title track is a low-key banger though, so that’s probably going to creep onto my 2014 playlist even though that vocal is way out of MJ’s range. Patrick asked me yesterday how I feel about Michael Jackson and honestly, I don’t usually go there. MJ is the King of Pop and and the most iconic pop star in history, so you can’t really say anything other than OMG I love him!!! without sounding crazy.
So I sound crazy because I was never really all that pressed about MJ. I have about 20 songs I really rock with, but if I’m just chilling in my room about to put on some music, I almost never reach for the Michael Jackson playlist.
"In the Closet" will forever be my jam though. Teddy Riley was doing his good-GOOD production back then and this is one of the best tracks he ever laid down. Plus, this is the only clip in MJ’s videography that made him into a viable object of attraction and you know I’m always here for a ponytail.
TBH, whoever was doing MJ’s weaves could’ve given Naomi some advice, but we won’t do that today.
Two saxophonists and an impromptu improv on the subway.
How did three of my favorite things (saxophone, Michael Jackson, and improv) combine with two of my least favorite things (the subway and buskers) to give me the most ridiculous smile on my face right now? And they were really jamming too, not some basic “Mary Had a Little Lamb” business. Two strangers just laid it out to “Billy Jean” and I am not mad at all.
Would it be weird of me to carry my saxophone with me everywhere now, so I can hopefully find myself in this situation? Y’all, if I stumble upon somebody playing Whitney “I’m Your Baby Tonight” it’s a wrap. We might even get married after.
On the left is a picture from an issue of Ebony magazine in 1985. The magazine commissioned artist Nathan Wright to imagine what Michael would look like 15 years from then (x). On the right is an actual photo from 2000. It’s a shame what race, class, and self-hate can do to a brilliant man in this country.
I can’t say much about the vitiligo, and all of that plastic surgery is a shame, but Mike’s hair stayed laid though. I don’t know what you call that almost-Rachel hairstyle, but shape-be-damned, dude was never frizzy. His Multitude of Lady-Bobs was always bouncin’ and behavin’.
I will never be parched again. This is the Liptons, the Earl Grey, and the Black Oolong. Teavana wishes they carried as much tea as this NY Post article. I thought I had lived before, but I now know what life really is because it has just been given to me by this article.