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Gumsole Beatdowns X Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson 8/29/58 - 6/25/09

Michael Jackson 8/29/58 - 6/25/09

The King of Pop is dead. Long live the King of Pop.  It was surreal waiting for CNN to confirm what was inevitably certain; Michael Jackson has passed on.

I still clearly remember being a little kid, sitting in a ratty arm chair, reading the lyrics in the gatefold vinyl of my older sis’ copy of Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall.

“Keep on with the force don’t stop/Dont stop ‘til you get enough.”

That’s what he said. Don’t even remember what my totally wrong, kid trying to keep along take on that lyric was.

I was already rocking Hip-Hop colored shades, figuratively, at that point. But, MJ still stayed in my life playlist. More so when the swiped samples Hip-Hop producers were flipping were opening my nose to MJ’s phenomenal discography.

CNN keeps harping on Thriller. Rightly so, 50 millions records sold is frikkin’ preposterous. But, Mike was already pretty damn good without Q [see: Ben] and there’s way more Jackson 5 than those greatest hits.

Picking up a dusty piece Mic Jack wax while digging was standard behavior for the kid. I’m reminded of it every time I look at the chunky Michael Jackson section of my record collection.

So on this sad day let me post some Michael Jackson tunes along with the corresponding Hip-Hop songs that incorporated them. Some blatant, others not so obvious. Better than the original? Hardly.

Q-Tip “Move” – Being signed to Universal Motown is probably the only way Tip cleared this sample.

Jackson 5 “Dancing Machine”


Nas “It Aint Hard to Tell” – Thank the Extra P for this groove.

Michael Jackson “Human Nature”


De La Soul “Breakadawn” – With the Daisy Age far in the rear view, De La dropped this MJ assisted gem.

Michael Jackson “I Can’t Help It”


Kanye West “Good Life” – Yeezy loves swiping him some Michael, see below.

Michael Jackson “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”

Jay-Z “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” – Michael was surely thanking Mr. West for that publishing check, we hope.

Jackson 5 “I Want You Back”

Naughty by Nature “O.P.P.” – Blatant sample but Kay Gee got there first (probably).

Jackson 5 “ABC”


Puff Daddy f/ The Lox, Lil Kim & The Notorious B.I.G. “All About the Benjamins” – Definitely an ultimate break and beat.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Jackson 5 “It’s Great to Be Here”



Gumsole Beatdowns #2: Kool & The Gang X Spinna & Premier

Hip-Hop Loved to Jack Jackson [via Urban Daily]

The Jackson 5 & Michael Jackson: An Audio Evolution [via Grouchy/AllHipHop]

June 25, 2009 - Posted by | Freshness, Gumsole Beatdowns, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , ,


  1. Great piece Aqua. I’m crazed that I thought of 2Pac’s posthumous sample before Nas…

    Comment by paine | June 26, 2009

  2. Goooood blog !!!

    I regret the loss of the King of Pop Michael Jackson! Jacko is a legend. I hope he gets where he is now, finally in peace.
    Leave also your last greeting at Michael Jackson on our site, thanks.
    a big and now sad fan

    Comment by Big Fan | June 27, 2009

  3. Great list Aqua! Here’s a video compilation of the best rap songs that sample his work. It’s very similar to your list, but there’s a couple extras too:

    Comment by MCEctoCooler | June 28, 2009

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