Michael Jackson’s impact on the pop-culture world was so powerful, several celebrities are already reacting to his death , not just with statements, but with songs. On Friday morning (June 26), 50 Cent dropped two songs paying tribute to the King of Pop. And on Thursday night, just after learning of MJ’s passing, the Game orchestrated a symphony of performers to give thanks and reflect on Jackson.
Game’s tribute track dedicated to Michael Jackson called “Better on the Other Side,” debuted this morning on Los Angeles radio station Power 106. To assist on the track the rapper phoned in a few homies, including Chris Brown, Diddy, Polow Da Don, Mario Winans, Usher and Boyz II Men.
The piano-accompanied soundscape starts off with Diddy testifying about M.J.’s influence. “I believed I can do anything,” he says. “You made the world dance. You made the music come to life.”
Then a thunderous bass drops in, led by Chris Brown’s vocals on the chorus: “This the type of song that makes the angels cry/ Look up in the sky and I wonder why/ Why you had to go, go/ I know it’s better on the other side.”
The DJ Khalil-produced track made its debut on the morning radio show “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” as well as on Game affiliate DJ Skee’s satellite radio show, “Skeetox.”
“I told Game yesterday that Michael Jackson died, and he didn’t believe me. He said, ‘I’ll call you right back,’ ” Skee told MTV News. “Then this morning, he hit me with this track, and I immediately started blasting it out. Game was in the studio with Diddy at the time I called. He reached out to Chris Brown and Usher and also got Boyz II Men, who so happened to be recording in the same studio.”
On his verses Game reflects on the pop singer’s influence on him growing up. “Who’s Michael Jackson?/ You’re Michael Jackson/ I’m Michael Jackson/ We all Michael Jackson/ I guess what I’m asking is/ Everybody bow their head/ For a legend, don’t breathe for a second.”
The Game continues with his heartfelt tribute and compares himself to Jackson. “Imma tell you my story/ Never had a family that close/ Never seen Berry Gordy walking through Interscope/ But just like me, they always had Mike in a scope/ No matter what you say imma love him and he’s still dope/ Let me take you back to ’85 when I was in a zone/ Dancing for my momma, ‘Thriller’ jacket with the zippers on.”
“Other Side” concludes with one last statement from Diddy: “People can say what they want about you. We gonna remember the miracles that you showed us. Through your music, through your dance. You were the one that made us realize that you are the world. Through us your legacy lives on, Mike Jackson.”
MTV will be paying tribute to MJ throughout the weekend with music videos, exclusive performances and calls and tweets from celebrity admirers and friends.
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