News: Game Opens Up About Michael Jackson's "This Is It" Film, "It Made Me Shed A Tear"
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 2:30PM
West Coast rapper Game has opened up about the new DVD release This Is It and how the late Michael Jackson's legacy is given new light in the film.
Despite his respect for Jackson, Game said he would not be purchasing the new DVD.
"I've seen This Is It. The movie's phenomenal, period. It made me shed a tear and everything 'cause I never seen Michael in that light. You would never ever think that he was like that. It let you see a side of him that you would never see if he was still alive. The DVD we might not need. I seen the movie and the economy's messed up. If I ever want to play it back, I got it in my [memory]." (Rap-Up)
When Jackson passed last June, Game revealed a secret 2005 conversation he had with the singer regarding his beef with 50 Cent.
"He got to this one thing that makes me laugh, man." Game said in an interview. "He said, 'I don't know how you're gonna feel about this, but I want to ask you something. I don't want you to judge me, but I don't really know everything that's going on between you and 50. But I want to be the middleman behind you putting this situation to bed.'" (MTV)
He also paid homage to Jackson's legacy with a tribute song featuring Diddy, Chris Brown, Mario Winans and more.
"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")
In light of Jackson's recent Thriller anniversary, SOHH spoke with rappers like Rakim to find out what impact he had on their careers.
"I grew up off Mike, man, being a young music lover," Rakim toldSOHH. "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)
Check out Rakim speaking with SOHH about Michael Jackson below: