Michael Jackson's impact on pop culture is still being felt a year after the mega-star's death. Sequined jackets and jaunty fedoras have made a comeback and a grown man can't bust out a falsetto without invoking MJ's signature swagger. Can you even count how many times you've heard "Thriller" in the past year?
And while many may try, for some fans, no one will ever be able to replace the Gloved One. Jackson's influence on the hip-hop community is highly regarded, and rappers Ludacris and Busta Rhymes told MTV News they're still feeling his loss.
"I know there's a lot of people that ... may have been influenced by him and you may see certain things in music and dances. But at the end of the day, he's untouchable," Ludacris said of Jackson's legacy. "I feel like the best way to pay homage and to preserve his legacy is to let him stand alone and continue to be the star that we remember him as."
Busta said that calling Jackson the "King of Pop" is no longer fitting and offered up a new title for the pioneering artist.
"It ain't even just the King of Pop no more. I think we gon' bury that and we gon' give you the new attribute that goes along with your greatness, as the 'King of Music,' " Busta said.
Whether Busta's suggested upgrade becomes a part of the popular vernacular remains to be seen, the late entertainer's legacy certainly seems to be making the case for a name change. Everything from a King of Pop-inspired video game to a museum dedicated to his game-changing career is in the works. Plus, Jackson's estate has been raking it in over the last 12 months, generating $1 billion since his death.
Bussa Bus had a heartfelt sentiment to share with fans touched by MJ's life and art.
"We miss you," he said. "May you forever rest peacefully."
Celebrate Michael Jackson's legacy all week long as MTV News looks back at his life, his music and the death that shook the world one year ago.