News: Drake Defends Michael Jackson's Cosmetic Choices, "Black People Don't Have Resentment Towards Him" [Video]
Thursday, Jul 9, 2009 4:45PM
Rap newcomer Drake recently spoke on the late Michael Jackson and the personal impact the pop singer had upon his career.
In addition to talking about Mike's achievements, Drizzy also shared his opinions on the singer's skin color changes throughout his life.
"Michael Jackson, for me, was one of the first times that I really realized the power of an entertainer," Drake said in an interview. "He was the first artist that I ever experienced that really...you'd get lost in Michael Jackson, in his music, the imagery. Now that I'm older I can look back and be like, 'Wow.' You know, he was one of the most consistent entertainers of all time...It's a big loss...I think he gave a lot to the world, though, so everyone is going to be sad about it. But I think Mike did something that will never be done again, so you can't be that sad about it, you go to celebrate him...I don't think it matters about him changing himself. I don't think black people have resentment towards him for what he did to himself. Those were all personal decisions...I know there's things about me that I want to change...It's not to the point where I would do anything crazy, but then again, you can't speak for somebody else. I think you either appreciate him and what he did and what he gave us or you don't." (MTV)
Drake recently spoke on regrets he had for the BET Awards 2009 ceremony last month and not performing a tribute song at the event.
"That, actually -- to be honest -- was a terrible idea that I'll never do to myself again," he said in an interview. "But I was being pressed from different areas to perform, and I think what really happened at the BET Awards is with the passing of Mike, the climate really changed, as far as the award show goes. I don't think it called for us to perform "Every Girl" and "Always Strapped," and I think it was an award show filled with tributes and music and these genuine heartfelt speeches." (Complex)
Jackson's legacy also had an effect on rappers like Ludacris, Jim Jones and The Game who each wrote via Twitter and shared their reaction to the singer's televised public memorial earlier this week.
"HIS DAUGHTER JUST MADE ME DROP A RIVER FULL OF TEARS !," Game wrote. "I LOVE MY KIDS & I CANT EVEN IMAGINE LEAVING EITHER OF THEM BEHIND IN THIS WORLD. RIP" (The Game's Twitter)
Aside from numerous tribute-based performances, Jackson's casket was publicly displayed on-stage at the Los Angeles Staples Center Tuesday (July 7) afternoon.
Michael Jackson's golden casket has been placed on stage at his public memorial service in downtown Los Angeles. The casket was brought into Staples Center on Tuesday (July 7) as a choir sang in front of a backdrop of stained-glass windows. The public event followed a private service for family and friends in a cemetery hall in the Hollywood Hills. Jackson's flower-draped casket was brought to Staples Center in a motorcade under law enforcement escort. (Ledger Enquirer)
Check out Drake's interview below: