News: RAP ON THRILLER: "The Best Thing About Michael Jackson Is He Crossed Color Lines" -Rick Ross
Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 5:45PM
Celebrating this week's anniversary of Michael Jackson's Thriller album, SOHH reached out to Rick Ross and Triple C's to see how the late singer's music impacted their careers.
According to Gunplay, Jackson stood by himself as the greatest entertainer of all time.
"Everybody that was fortunate enough to be in the Michael Jackson era and follow him, I'm pretty sure the Thriller album was a major influence on them because he was only the biggest artist in the history of the human beings living on the planet Earth," Gunplay told SOHH. "That just inspired us to make good music and you know, that's how we got the Carol City Cartel and Custom, Cars & Cycles album." (SOHH)
Ross also revealed how Jackson's hit album influenced his sophomore solo project.
"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)
Despite Jackson's accomplishments, television host Bill O'Reilly blasted the singer's image shortly after his death last summer.
"There's an old saying, 'You can't choose your family,' and it's true," O'Reilly said on his broadcast. "The family of Michael Jackson honored his memory today in Los Angeles and I do not, do not, wish to intrude on that...But Michael Jackson's place in America is a legitimate topic of discussion and 'Talking Points' is just about fed up with all the adulation. It is basically grand standing and pathetic in the extreme. Yes the man was an all-star entertainer but that's it. So enough with the phony platitudes, okay? The truth is Jackson's interactions with children were unacceptable for any adult. His incredible selfishness spending hundreds of millions of dollars on himself while singing 'We Are The World' should make any clear thinking American nauseous and why are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton making this a racial deal? Jackson bleached his own skin and chose white men to provide existence for his in vitro children? I mean, give me a break with all this." ("Talking Points")
Drake later shared his opinion 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)
Check out Rick Ross & Triple C's speaking with SOHH about Michael Jackson below: