News: RAP ON THRILLER: "That's The Greatest Of All Time Right There" -Warren G

Friday, Dec 4, 2009 2:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

In celebration of this week's Thiller anniversary, SOHH linked with West Coast rap veteran Warren G to find out what effect Michael Jackson's historic album had upon his career.

According to Warren, the Thriller album is the greatest solo project to ever come out.

"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)

Fellow rap veteran Rakim recently told SOHH how the album impacted his life.

"I grew up off Mike, man, being a young music lover," Rakim told SOHH. "The Thriller album, man, was like a prototype of what an entertainer is supposed to bring to the table. And we all know Mike was a real -- a big entertainer. So he always did it big. But the way he put it together and the vision that he had and the way he brought it to the videos, to me, it was like a prototype to how an entertainer could really bring a project to the table. Mike had a big impact on my life, you know what I mean? Coming up when I was small, there was no rap, it was just R&B. My family was musically orientated, I love music man and Mike was like, he was a teenager's star. He was a young kid star...The kid's had Michael Jackson. We had the Mike Jackson cartoons, I feel like he [was for] the kids, grown-ups loved his music too but we related to him." (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)

Artists like Game and Diddy united last summer for Jackson tribute songs including "Better On The Other Side."

"You're Michael Jackson, I'm Michael Jackson," Game raps. "We all Michael Jackson, I guess what I'm asking, is everybody bow their head for a legend/Don't breathe for a second, now let air out, grab the hand of somebody you care about/So you can hear my message, hear my confession/Everybody tell Usher, I seen a moonwalk/Guess the young Thriller touched him/He touched me, like he touched you." ("Better On The Other Side")

Check out Warren G speaking with SOHH about Michael Jackson below:

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