Michael Jackson, dubbed the “King of Pop”, is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Over a four-decade career, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture. MJ also once turned down a Tupac Shakur collab because of his loyalty to Biggie Smalls.
The son of Quincy Jones, Quincy “QD3” Jones III is a producer who worked with Tupac. He recently revealed that Michael Jackson once declined a collaboration with Tupac Shukar because he preferred The Notorious B.I.G. Appearing in BET’s oral history of The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, QD3 stated that the joint was intended to be the “Thug Nature” but never happened.
So I set up a meeting at Neverland [Ranch]. I go up there and told Michael about it. And do you know what Micheal said? He liked Biggie.
The song, which actually sampled Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” didn’t make it to Makaveli but later appeared on other 2Pac posthumous efforts, including the Death Row Records compilation album Too Gangsta For Radio. The rapper’s process and work ethic were briefly mentioned as the producer continued to talk about working with him.
Michael Jackson’s legacy is unmatched in the entertainment industry or elsewhere. Even while there are some arguments that other musicians are more skilled than the late superstar, no one will ever be able to step into his shoes. To get the latest updates from the music world, stay tuned to Thirsty.
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