G-Unit leader 50 Cent has divulged details on his contributing to the late Michael Jackson‘s upcoming posthumous album Michael, and revealed the anxiety he felt while conversing with the star.
Although 50 did not get a chance to physically meet with Jackson, he said shortly after the singer’s June 2009 passing, he was called in to work on an unfinished record.
“[Michael Jackson] said he was interested in working with me and said he had something he wanted me to actually hear,” 50 said in an interview. “To talk to him is confirmation on different levels that you’ve made it. He said he wanted to work with me and [he] had some ideas and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I would love to.’ I’m nervous and all that on the phone, and I don’t usually get nervous because I really don’t care about a lot of the other artists but Mike is special. Something different — after Mike passed, Mike was gone and all the confusion takes place. Things settle down a little bit, and I get a call to actually come in and perform on the actual song he intended for us to work on together.” (MJ Jackson)
Last month, 50 confirmed his appearance on the LP.
“support ya boy lloyd banks H.F.M.2 its on point and check me out on michael jackson new album,” Fif tweeted Friday (November 12).
“michael reached out to me to do this song before he passed it going to be the biggest thing ever.hes the one we got our idea from” (50 Cent’s Twitter)
A few weeks ago, the Jackson estate released a statement on the album’s release.
“There is nothing more important to the Estate than Michael’s music, his legacy and his fans. As the Michael album was being put together, it was decided to bring Teddy Riley on board to work on several songs, including “Breaking News,” a song Michael recorded with Eddie Cascio and James Porte in late 2007 while living at the Cascio family home with his children. Riley produced and submitted “Breaking News” to Sony for inclusion on the album. At that time, no one ever mentioned that the vocals we heard on the Cascio songs, which were basically in demo format, might not be Michael. It was known, however, that the background vocals were a combination of Michael and James Porte.” (Statement)
The compilation project will also feature guest appearances from Lenny Kravitz and Akon.
1. “Hold My Hand” (Duet with Akon) 2. “Hollywood Tonight” 3. “Keep Your Head Up” 4. “(I Like) The Way You Love Me” 5. “Monster” feat. 50 Cent 6. “Best of Joy” 7. “Breaking News” 8. “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day” feat. Lenny Kravitz 9. “Behind the Mask” 10. “Much Too Soon” (Michael)
Michael is set to drop Tuesday, December 14th.
Check out 50 Cent’s interview down below: