News: RAP ON THRILLER: "It Just Hurts When You Lose Someone That Inspired" -DJ Webstar

Sunday, Dec 6, 2009 12:00PM

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.

According to DJ Webstar, Jackson's music was universal and had a connection to people of all ages.

"I was young but, it don't matter how old you are man," Webstar told SOHH, "I'm 22 years old, but you can be 22 years old but I got a little cousin five years-old that wasn't even around when Michael Jackson was still out and he knows Michael Jackson records, he's doing the dances to records and Thriller from the video so, Michael Jackson was the greatest entertainer of all time, wasn't that the all-time leading selling album of all time? I can't say anything about it. It just hurts when you lose somebody that inspired and meant so much to me as a musician." (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)

Warren G cited Jackson as one of the greatest performers within the music industry.

"Man, Thriller, that was like incredible for hip-hop because I mean, this guy was just dancing and doing hip-hop moves and just showing he world that hip-hop is a great thing, it's not just about rapping stuff," Warren told SOHH. "We dance and do the up-rocks, we danced so he took parts of hip-hop and added that to the Thriller and the choreographer that did it was incredible for incorporating that hip-hop feel to it. But Thriller, that's a G.O.A.T. That's the G.O.A.T. right there, the greatest of all time and man, we gonna miss Michael J. I had a chance to work with him so he was a cool cat." (SOHH)

Thriller is most known for its popularity amongst a diverse crowd of fans around the mid-1980's.

Nobody could have prepared anybody for the success of Thriller, since the magnitude of its success was simply unimaginable -- an album that sold 40 million copies in its initial chart run, with seven of its nine tracks reaching the Top Ten (for the record, the terrific "Baby Be Mine" and the pretty good ballad "The Lady in My Life" are not like the others). This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul -- expanding the approach to have something for every audience. (All Music)

Check out DJ Webstar speaking on Michael Jackson below:

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