Michael Jackson: 1958-2009

(A young Janet and Michael Jackson)

Today, DJ LT Ruck sent me his latest podcast from his Toronto the slow & Ez show and it is quite nice, starting off with SWV's cover version of "Human Nature" (which has always been a personal favourite), so I thought I'd share.

It's quite hard for me to put into words my thoughts on Michael Jackson's passing, although I have been surprised at the very strong range of emotions that I've been feeling since hearing the news yesterday afternoon. I've always liked his earlier work — his 1979 Off the Wall album will always be my key pick, "I Can't Help It," my song of choice. Watching early interview clips from his late teens, I find particularly heartbreaking for reasons just far too complicated to get into.

Do, however, check out Davey D's latest post, "Looking Through the Window" on Davey D's Hip Hop Corner (always a guaranteed good read on rap music and politics). Davey D wrote a really great, spot-on remembrance of the the singer, which will resonate for all who have felt impacted by Jackson's talent in our lifetime. His post reminded me of a couple things that I had forgotten about from my childhood in relation to the Jackson 5 and contextualized quite perfectly Michael's legacy within the hip-hop scene of the late '80s/early '90s especially, of which is my generation. And it's fitting.
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