News: RAP ON THRILLER: "I Really Have To Give My Whole Career To Michael Jackson" -Master P

Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 10:50AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

In light of the recent Thriller anniversary, SOHH spoke with rappers to get their take on Michael Jackson's history-making album and the performer's lasting legacy.

No Limit Records founder Master P said Jackson helped mold his rap career.

"The thing about Michael Jackson, man, he was the greatest of all-time," P told SOHH. "He had a big impact on my life. I was able to get my record deal because of looking at the deal he had -- he had a 22 percent record deal which was the highest deal at the time. Most people had 7, 8 even 12 percent but that was unheard of...That's how I got my deal and I really have to give my whole career to Michael Jackson, to understand the game. And also a lot of the things he did, he wanted to give back and help the kids...Michael Jackson was a person that always wanted to help people." (SOHH)

For Lil Scrappy, Jackson's non-stop work ethic inspired him to continue working harder.

"Let me tell you about Michael Jackson, when I was little, I used to dance cuz," Scrappy told SOHH. "Michael Jackson started me off. [laughs] I used to crank it up off of Michael Jackson. But just to look at his history and work ethic, that really enthuses me about Mike. That's how it helped me in my career, just to be like, wow, to even do things up to 50 [years-old]. It's a grind, it's a hustle. It's a grustle, the whole game is a grustle, you feel me? And he let you know, that man had to do that junk since he was a baby and I started when I was like 16, 17. That means I got some time." (SOHH)

Playaz Circle's Tity Boi said he has continued to keep Jackson's legacy alive by purchasing new copies of Thriller.

"I just bought another new Thriller CD," Tity told SOHH. "I bought two of 'em, one I could open, one I didn't. I mean, that's just timeless music, like Quincy Jones is a genius for the production on there. Michael Jackson is a genius. Actually, the CD I got on in there is him freestyling to 'Billy Jean' at the end, it's kinda sick and it was like 'Billy Jean' in the booth before he was done with it. It was like somebody joking but it really was him like, 'Turn up the snares' and he was doing something...He was a super star icon." (SOHH)

Rick Ross also spoke with SOHH about the iconic album.

"You know, I named Trilla after Thriller," Ross told SOHH. "I feel like one of the best things about Michael Jackson is he crossed color lines. I think that was big for a black musician, to really open up the doors. You know, when you're making music, you're making music for the masses, not just one specific person or people or genre, you really making music to move people. But I think that's what Michael Jackson did and the greatest performer ever, man." (SOHH)

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