The undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson is gone but will truly never be forgotten. His songs and his impact still hold true today even he’s not with us.
One aspect of MJ’s music that doesn’t get highlighted enough, is the amount of game he kicked in his lyrics. Some of the keys to life that a lot of artists today swear they did first, came from Michael Jackson, the true architect of the said game. He was one of the first to talk thirsty groupies, wannabe thugs and how to really cut off a significant other.
When you can keep it a buck and make some of the biggest hits of all time, you’ve earned the title of King. Let’s break down some classic MJ that schooled us to the game.
“And mother always told me be careful of who you love
And be careful of what you do ’cause the lie becomes the truth”
Many people only remember “Billie Jean” for two reasons: Michael walking on the sidewalk as it lit up and Michael moonwalking during Motown 25. With those two great memorable moments, most forget this song is about a scandalous female lying on Michael and claiming he is the father of her child just because they “shared a dance or two.” Long before Maury shot his pilot episode, MJ hipped us to the first “You ARE the father!” story.
“She’s says that’s okay
Hey baby do what you want
I’ll be your night lovin’ thing
I’ll be the freak you can taunt
And I don’t care what you say
I want to go too far
I’ll be your everything
If you make me a star”
The heavy rock influence on “Dirty Diana” and the groove this song puts you in may have the lyrics go over your head. For those who may have missed it, Dirty Diana is a groupie chasing fame. Some would say women like Superhead, Kat Stacks, Jenna Shae and even Mimi from Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta are the Dirty Diana’s of the world. They’ll do whatever and they’ll lie all for the cash and all for the fame. Mike hipped us to groupie tales in the ’80s!
“Tired of injustice
Tired of the schemes
The lies are disgusting
So what does it mean
Kicking me down
I got to get up
As jacked as it sounds
The whole system sucks”
Songs like “Man In The Mirror” and “They Don’t Care About Us” were blatant with social justice long before we hopped on social media platform to rouge with rhetoric. Michael and Janet told us how media outlets can deceive and paint false pictures of not only himself but Black people as the enemy. We are literally going through this right now in America, 20 years later.
“You have to show them that you’re really not scared
You’re playin’ with your life, this ain’t no truth or dare
They’ll kick you, then they beat you, then they’ll tell you it’s fair
So beat it, but you wanna be bad”
Long before rappers were telling dudes to “get off the block,” Michael Jackson was keeping it a buck with these young boys who thought they were tough. “Beat It” is a rhythmic PSA for those who are “not about that life.” Michael lets you know real quick: “Get on ‘fore you get your head bust by a real one out here! Cause right or wrong, they really with the ish.”
“Leave Me Alone”
“You got a way of making me
Feel so sorry
I found out right away
Don’t you come walkin’-
Beggin’ I ain’t lovin’ you
Don’t you get in my way”
MJ was cutting her off way before K Camp, “Leave Me Alone” is a joint for anybody who had that partner who drained you physically, mentally and financially. Mike was nice about it though, he just wanted to keep it short and move on from the whole thing. The video was also a shot at the media and all of the “Wacko Jacko” headlines.
“I told my brothers
Don’t you ask me
For no favors
I’m conditioned by
Don’t you talk to me
Don’t scream and shout”
As a child I had no clue what “Jam” was about. But Kris Kross, Michael Jordan and Heavy D made it cool to learn the dances. The video is very entertaining. However the message you might have missed is how people don’t show love or help people out in need, but will force feed their contradicting religious beliefs. Crazy right?
“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”
“I took my baby to the doctor
With a fever, but nothing he found
By the time this hit the street
They said she had a breakdown
Someone’s always tryin’ to start my baby cryin'”
We all can’t stand a want to always know, always gossiping but never knowing the real deal type of person. Michael was so displeased with these folks that he put it in song. It just goes to show no matter who you are and how much you got, somebody is always going to be speak on you and your life just to keep some mess going.
Salute and rest in peace to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. May your music forever make us feel good and get us through life.
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