A previously unreleased snippet of a song from late pop great
Opening with a shout out from someone calling himself Kels (who doesn't sound like previous MJ collaborator R. Kelly) to his DJ partner, the tune rides a grinding R&B beat as Jackson sings in his plaintive falsetto, "My life has taken me beyond the planets and the stars/ And you're the only one that could take me this far/ I'll be forever searching for your love."
On the chorus, Jackson breaks into his more aggressive style, forcefully singing, "You're the one that makes me strong/ I can't wait for another day/ You're the fire that keeps me warm/ I can't wait for another day."
The lyrics are similar to a soulful Kravitz song called "Storm," which featured Jay-Z and appeared on the singer/guitarist's 2004 album, Baptism. In that song, Kravitz sings, "I walked away but I was wrong/ You're the one that keeps me strong/ You're the fire that keeps me warm/ How will I get through this storm?"
Kravitz wrote a moving memorial to Jackson for AOL's Spinner.com last year, in which he talked about working on an unreleased song with the King of Pop, though he did not name the tune. "I got to work with Michael on a track that has not been released, and it was the most amazing experience I've had in the studio," he said. "He was funny. Very funny and we laughed the whole time. I also saw what a beautiful father he was. He was a beautiful human being."
Kravitz is not heard on the leak, and it is unknown when the track was recorded. Following Jackson's death in June, it was reported that the singer left behind more than 100 unreleased songs, though his estate has not yet announced any plans to package that material.