News: Pharrell & Styles P Remember MJ, "What He & Quincy Jones Did Was Change Music" [Video]
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2009 6:00AM
Pharrell Williams and Styles P recently reflected on the memory of Michael Jackson and expressed what the iconic singer's impact was upon their music.
In addition to Mike, Pharrell also pointed out the significance of Quincy Jones on the singer's career.
"You have to understand, I'm a musician," Pharrell explained in an interview. "So often we appreciate artists without judgment, like I don't want to compare him to any other artist but there's all sorts of artists, all sorts of scientists...that we totally respect that have things that the news of that time would find interesting to report and totally exploit. But at the end of the day, I think the biggest part of Michael Jackson's legacy is the musical effect he's left on all of you guys. Because without that, you wouldn't be talking about the other things. It's the music, the music was so incredible. What he and Quincy Jones did was change music and the way people looked at music." (Bright Cove)
Styles P also reflected on the cultural impact Mike had on society and himself.
"Usually when somebody die or somebody is an icon or somebody big, you kinda prepared for it," Styles explained in an interview. "Or they're really sick or you see something or it's expected...Coming up, who didn't Mike affect? That's Mike, that's not even a real topic. The glove, 'Beat It,' 'Thriller,'you name it. We all came up even breaking and Beat Street, I had the red pleather jacket, fourth grade." (Mr. Peter Parker Show)
50 Cent recently spoke on Mike's presence within the entertainment world.
"I think everybody was [affected by his death]," Fif explained. "Ain't nobody bigger than Mike. 700 million copies? You do that much, not even that, get away from the actual record sales and look at how long. Some people are made for it, so when you come on and you're a star artist and a hit artist at the same time at five [years old],god d*mn. You got kids out there that are great on the Disney Channel, they ain't got major hit records at that point in this time frame and I guess the dynamics of how we accept entertainment at this point is different too. So it changed things but Mike and them, it's not something that's common or we'd have another one. We don't have another one." (Shade 45)
Responding to the outpouring of support, the Jackson family released a statement to fans regarding Michael's passing.
"In one of the darkest moments of our lives we find it hard to find the words appropriate to this sudden tragedy we all had to encounter," it reads. "Our beloved son, brother and father of three children has gone so unexpectedly, in such a tragic way and much too soon. It leaves us, his family, speechless and devastated to a point, where communication with the outside world seems almost impossible at times. We miss Michael endlessly, our pain cannot be described in words. But Michael would not want us to give up now. So we want to thank all of his faithful supporters and loyal fans worldwide, you -- who Michael loved so much. Please do not despair, because Michael will continue to live on in each and every one of you. Continue to spread his message, because that is what he would want you to do. Carry on, so his legacy will live forever." (People Magazine)
[To check out SOHH's tribute to Michael Jackson, click here]
Check out Pharrell's interview below: