Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 11:00 am  |  24 responses

Layup Lines: JAM

R.I.P. MJ & Heavy D


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  • Kobester

    This song never fails at getting me out of a bad mood. RIP MJ.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Michael Jackson is probably the most talented and amazing individual music artist of all-time.
    One of the greatest male voices in music history, even as a kid he had an amazing voice.
    I won’t even get started on his dancing. Not many are in his league when it comes to dancing, maybe James Brown since he inspired him, Fred Astaire probably, but not many.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Man, Michael Jackson was just…
    I mean, my 6 year old daughter knows every word to “Thriller” and “Billy Jean”.
    Just goes to show how much airplay he gets at my home.
    Heavy D was an innovater of sorts man.
    I don’t think there’d be a Biggie or Big Pun without a Heavy D.
    Even though their styles were mad different he was like one of the original overweight lovers/lyricists, you know?

  • Trout

    @BlackPhantom the most talented musician of all time? Have you heard of Stevie Wonder, Prince or Marvin Gaye all of whom are multi instrumentalists and wrote composed and produced all of their own music. Don’t get me wrong dude was extremely good at what he did but he was not alone.

  • http://www.nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Ease up on the young Phantom, Trout.
    He said best artist, not best musician.
    And it’s called an opinion, we’re all entitled to it.
    Sh*t, I could turn around and say “have you heard of Ray Charles? Chuck Berry? Beethoven?!?!”
    Damn, people can’t ever show their appreciation for someone without someone else jumping in with some negative sh*t to say.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I didn’t say “musician”, I said “artist”. There’s a difference, not very much of one but there’s a difference. “Musician” would be a term for someone who plays an instrument like all the guys you named. Michael had an amazing sense of music though, so he probably would’ve been a multi-instrumentalist like Stevie or Prince(both of which I’m also huge fans of, I’d probably rank Stevie as the greatest male singer of all-time. Prince’s guitar solo at the end of “When Doves Cry” would rank in my top 10 all-time favorites.) An artist is a guy/girl that does one thing exclusively, usually. Best genre to tell the difference between “artist” and musician” is Hip-Hop. Nas is an artist, the main attraction, the writer. While DJ Premier is a perfect example of the muisician, the backbone to the song, the composer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    *he probably coud’ve been a multi-instrumentalist if he had wanted to.


    Word to both M.J.s , Heavy D , Steavie Wonder , Ray Charles , DJ PREMO , (Anyone heard Primos Bakery Mix? it’s the bag of chips with the dip!) & word to mut#aphukin David Axelrod ! :-) I’m out

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    When you can make women… and some men for that matter faint at the mere sight of you from 40 feet away, you’re an amazing human being. I watched that This Is It documentary and it was just cool to see how in tune to the music he was. He wasn’t one of these artist that just come in, sing their lines and bounce, he was a part of the whole process and he was a perfectionist. And to see how those young dancers really admired him was great.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Too bad Michael Jackson never really enjoyed his fame or life for that matter. He had a horrible childhood and spent his adulthood acting out his childhood which made him seem REAL weird. Then the child molestation allegations – he just never had a normal life to enjoy, b. It’s a shame…

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Word O, I think the sacrifices entertainers make for our enjoyment are often overlooked.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    Michael Jackson was shoved to the front stage in public eyes at the age of 6, and he remained there for more than 4 decades. by definition, his life could never have been normal, or any resemblance of a normal life.
    He’s still the man, and my future kids will know his catalog very well.

  • ttc

    Michael Jackson was definitely special; just like Hip Hop, his music was played all over the world..no artist has ever done that, and no artist ever will..people talk about evlis, the beatles or franck sinatra, but those guys never reached places like Africa..i really don’t know how Michael Jackson or Hip Hop did it, but u can honestly go anywhere in the world, and people will know about both..believe me..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Bowen’s Bowtie Collection

    ^this guy serious? Michael jackson was so out of touch with africans, he might as well have been from pluto. No musician is as known worldwide as bob marley. No athlete is as known worldwide as ali. These shall remain facts for many more decades.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Black Phantom: I’ve never been that immersed in MJ’s music, but… To say he’s the greatest artist the world has ever seen? That’s a bold statement to make. He was a child prodigy and specialized in a certain kind of pop music that people loved, but what boundaries did he really break musically?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    It’s also pretty much impossible to compare different genres of music, even within popular music (like hip-hop vs. rock & roll, etc.). And a musician is an artist; it doesn’t matter whether you sing or play an instrument.
    For best male voice I’ll add Sam Cooke to the list. Pure butter!

  • logues

    does this remind anyone else of from the mj movie? it was either “come fly with me” or “air time”, pretty sure come fly with me

  • blakos

    Great Artist. Dont forget the Godfather James Brown!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/P.Y.Y.B.L Gametimeweezy

    nice… at first I thought it was going to be ‘Teddys Jam’ by Guy and get hella souped

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @Teddy If I’m not mistaken “Billie Jean” was the first video by a black man that was ever played on MTV. Ehh….that’s more of a racial boundary broken though. “Thriller” is not only the highest selling album of all-time, but it’s the only album to have sold approximately 100 million copies. What other artist in history has been as inspirational or influential as Michael?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    And yes, Sam Cooke had a freaking AMAZING voice

  • hambone

    you know he tapped kris Kross` azz…..oooooooowwww shaaaammmmoonnnn

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ BP: Selling a lot of records and breaking the MTV color barrier aren’t “musical” breakthroughs. Also the MTV thing is not so impressive, considering all genres of popular music were pretty much invented by black people. Inspirational is too subjective of a word, and influential? Well, it depends I guess. I would say James Brown is more influential.
    I’m starting to sound like a hater, which I don’t mean to be, but… Those are strong words.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Okay by “not so impressive,” I mean that relatively. That’s definitely impressive, lol, I wouldn’t dismiss it like that.