Monday, June 28, 2010

I Want You To Stay

 Just weeks before Michael Jackson passed away, Marsha Ambrosius composed a tune late one night while on piano. She promptly sent a snippet to him for consideration. Michael called and wanted to do some work on the track.

 However as the story goes, they never got a chance to do much of anything with it. But after Michael tragically moved on, Marsha recorded her own version for the album "Late Nights and Early Mornings".

 Though her falsetto you can actually visualize Michael singing with all his heart. Though I bet the composition would be more of a soundscape alternative note. Kind of like the bridge to "Escape" or that tune from Cheetah Girls 2(where they break up). One can only dream.

 Previously, she helped produce MJ's version of Butterflies! A retrospective R&B classic!

Friday, June 25, 2010

This Day In Retrospect

 It's hard to believe 365 days have passed us by since Michael Jackson's death. That very day when disillusion reined supreme in all our minds. He had just Sold Out The O2 Arena and appeared more healthier then ever(since the 90's). Clearly, this guy was ready to take the world by storm! None of us ever dreamed we would hear these words on national television..."Michael Jackson died today..."

 I remember it clearly. I was on the computer surfin' the web when my mom cried out "R.J...Michael Jackson has been rushed to the hospital!"
Many things were going through my mind. "What about that medical test back in Feb?" "The media will proclaim Jackson flopped his comeback. Saying 'I told ya so!'" "Will more shows get held back?"

 Yet as time passed the news anchor announced that Mr. Jackson was now in a coma only to be changed to death. I fully admit to denying it no matter how credible the source was. Even wishing somehow they make a mistake and found someway to revive him. But my hopes were in vain.

 Eventually, I came to the realization that he was truly gone. But not until July 9th. When Parish Jackson made that sincere heartfelt remark, I could do nothing but break down and cry(even as a 24 year old male). Though the media has over-played that scene. Destroying the justice it so richly deserves.

 Michael Jackson will always be remembered as a Thriller sensation who impacted millions with his life and legacy-But was laced with numerous problems too personal to describe!

J. Views Cover-Smooth Criminal

Check out this Jazzed-up "Smooth Criminal" tribute by J. Views!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Michael Jackson Remixes Pt. 19

 As For "One More Chance", Michael allowed his single to be mixed to the mash in order that it might reach a wider audience. so DJ Ford, Paul Oakenfold, Ron G, and R. Kelly each created their own twist to the record.

1. Ford Remix

2. Metro Remix

3. Slang Remix

4. Slang Electro Remix

5. Paul Oakenfold Mix

6. Paul Oakenfold Urban Mix(Click on link above)

7. Paul Oakenfold Pop Mix

8. Night and Day Remix

9. Ron G Club Mix

10. Ron G. Rhythmic Mix

11. R. Kelly Remix


And that ends our journey through Michael Jackson's remixes. Hope you enjoyed it!

Michael Jackson Remixes Pt. 18

 With the help of Eve and Jay-Z, the Track Masters had assembled together remixes for "You Rock My World" and "Butterflies". Michael was said to specifically choose these two because of their relevance and popularity with the younger crowd during that time. I believe there were many other remixes that got shelved due to the feud between Tony Mottola and Jackson. After all, a number of singles were thwarted from the Invincible sessions.

1. You Rock My World-Featuring Jay-Z

2. Butterflies Master Mix-Featuring Eve


Stay tuned for remixes to "One More Chance"!

Update: The "One More Chance" mixes are now Up!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Michael Jackson Remixes Pt. 17

 Mousse T. had his own take to MJ's horror-infested track "Ghosts" along with DJ Greek. In addition, Eddie and Deep Dish sizzled up their own take for Is It Scary. Tony Moran, Fire Island, and Refugee Camp all have done their share of "Blood On The Dance Floor".


1. Mousse T's Club Mix

2. Mousse T's Club Mix TV(similar to above)

3. Mousse T's Radio Rock(click on first link)

4. Mousse T's Radio Rock Singalong Remix(click on first link)

Is It Scary

1. Deep Dish Dark & Scary Remix

2. Deep Dish Double-O-Jazz Dub

3. Deep Dish Instrumental Mix

4. Eddie's Love Mix

5. Eddie's Rub-A-Dub Mix

6. DJ Greek's Scary Mix

Blood On The Dance Floor

1. TM's Switchblade Mix

2. Refugee Camp Mix

3. Fire Island Vocal Mix


Stay tuned for a few Invincible mixes!

***Edit*** Invincible mixes are now Up!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Michael Jackson Remixes Pt. 16

 Tony Moran, Ummah, and Mark Picchiotti(The Basstoy) were all three chosen to remix Michael Jackson's memorial anthem History! He also remixed a few editions to "Blood On The Dance Floor"-the track.

1. Tony Moran's HIStory Lesson

2. Tony Moran's HIStorical Dub(click on link above)

3. MARK!'s Vocal Club Mix

4. The Ummah Radio Mix

5. The Ummah Urban Mix(Go to "Radio Mix")

6. The Ummah DJ Mix(Go to "Radio Mix")

6. As a bonus, here is the official remix to Mj's song "2 Bad". Refugee Camp Mix


Stay tuned for some ghouly remixes to "Ghosts", "Is It Scary", and a few jammin' mixes to "Blood On The Dance Floor!

***Update*** The Remixes are now up!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Michael Jackson Remixes Pt. 15

 Frankie Knuckles, Johnathan David Buck, and Robert Kelly clamored to spin up up to 5 remixes for Michael Jackson's smash hit You Are Not Alone. David Buck also wrote a few tunes around this time for MJ's consideration. R.Kelly had written and co-produced the track with The Gloved One as well.

1. Franctified Club Mix

2. Classic Club Mix(click on the link above)

3. Jon B. Main Mix

4. Jon B. Padapella Mix(click on the link above)

5. R. Kelly Mix

Stay tuned for the next patch!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Michael Jackson Remixes Pt. 14

 Hani Albader was solely chosen to remix Michael Jackson's fifth track-"Earth Song" from the History Album Sessions. He also did "Hani's Extended Chilli Hop Mix" and "Hani's Num Radio Mix" for "Stranger In Moscow.

 Below are the three mixes Hani contributed to this track. Each of them are very similar but in a slightly different sequence...

Hani's Club Experience

Also found on his remix album "Blood On The Dance Floor".

Hani's Radio Experience

Hani's Around The World Experience


Stay tuned for the "Money" mixes.

*Update*: Remixes to "You Are Not Alone" now up!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

An Interview With Gloria Rhodes

 I had an opportunity to interview Michael Jackson's Neverland Real Estate Agent via electronic mail(E-Mail). She has recently written a book revealing more then just that-They were the best of friends!

 Yet even so she does reveal some exclusive tidbits on what went on over 20 years ago-the exact details in endeavoring to search for the palace of his dreams!

 But before you go out and grab a copy of her book, go ahead a read my exclusive interview with Gloria Rhodes...

An Interview With Neverland's Broker

R.J. In your book, you mentioned that Michael was very definite about what he wanted. Were there any other ranches Michael seriously considered before aiming solely at Neverland?

Gloria "The answer is positively not. He knew exactly what he wanted and had actually been on this ranch before. The only thing was that he didn’t know where it was located. We had to find it. The other thing is that when Michael fell in love with something he would get it."

R.J. You’ve mentioned that William Bone originally asked for $32million and what he was being offered was a disgrace. What ultimately made him change his mind when he was offered $17 million?

Gloria "I completed my negotiations at $17mm and then, at their insistence, turned the transaction over to John Branca, Frank De Leo and Marshall Gelfand and I understand that negotiations may have continued between them and William Bone, but I was not informed of the outcome. I have heard that Bill Bone is suing the Michael Jackson estate for an additional payment that is allegedly due him from the recent sale of a majority interest in the Neverland Ranch – but this is rumor and I haven’t been able to confirm it."

R.J. Legend has it that Michael had both written and produced a track called “Neverland Landing”. Do you know anything about that?

Gloria "It’s quite possible he did although I never heard it. Michael had many different types of “landings” at Neverland. Once he arrived in a hot air balloon. Another time he and his friends parachuted into Neverland! I also saw him jump from the roof into a tree. My heart almost left my body and I told him it was very very dangerous. I told his father of his antics and he said 'Don’t be surprised at anything Michael does. He is as agile as a monkey. Michael knows how to take care of himself.' I decided to say no more."

R.J. How did you feel when Michael Jackson made a statement on 60 Minutes that Neverland is just a house but is no longer a home?

Gloria "I was devastated when I heard Michael say that because I knew Neverland was where he had spent the happiest 15 years of his life. It really broke my heart that he felt that way. His big dream was to build a paradise for children and that had been turned into an evil thing by the media. His dreams were completely crushed."

R.J. There was a rumor going around that Mr. Jackson wanted to start all over on another ranch in an undisclosed location. Is any of that true to your knowledge?

Gloria "At one time he thought of opening up a theme park in Albany, New York. I met him in New York and we went scouting up there. The area in general was not to his liking. Michael was a designer. He knew exactly what he wanted. Another location I showed him was a ranch in the Antelope Valley called Rancho Valyermo in Peach Blossom. The ranch was owned by Ruth Yardun and her sons. However, the ranch was very small and in the middle of the desert. It would not have worked for his animals."


 A big thank you goes out to Gloria Rhodes Berlin for contributing her time by answering these questions.:)

 To learn more about this fascinating journey these two took in scouting out the best land to germinate Mr. Jackson's dream, I encourage you to purchase a copy of her new book-Michael Jackson: In Search Of NeverlandRead up on Michael Jackson's Neverland Broker who made it happen-The sale of the century!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Michael Jackson Remixes Pt. 13

 This time around David Morals, Eddie Delana, Maurice Joshua, Dallas Austin, Donatello, Uno, and UBQ all jumped in to remix Michael's 4th Album Track on his studio album History. Although "This Time Around" was not officially released as a single. The remixes can be found on the promos as well as the very first pressings of Earth Song. here is a comprehensive list of all the mixes that went into "This Time Around"...

1. D.M. Radio Mix(also on his remix album "Blood On The Dance Floor")

2. D.M. Mad Club Mix

3. D.M. Mad Dub

4. D.M.'s Bang Da Drums Mix

5. D.M. Clean Edit

6. D.M. AM Mix

7. Maurice's Hip Hop Around Mix

8. Maurice's Club Around Radio Mix

9. Dallas Main Extended Mix

10. The Neverland Dub(Aftermath)

11. The Timeland Dub

12. UBQ's Opera Vibe Dub

13. The Don's Control This Dub

14. Georgie's House N Around Mix

15. Uno Clio 12" Master Mix

16. Uno Clio Dub Mix

17. As a bonus, here is a rare mix not included on any promo by Donatello(I wish MJ used these words instead of what's on the official mix)!

Stay tuned for remixes to "Earth Song!

Update: Earth Song Mixes are now up!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Michael Jackson Remixes Pt 12

 For Stranger In Moscow, Mr. Jackson and Sony called in Hani, Mr. T(Todd Terry), and The Basement boys(including DJ Spen) to do a little remixing. They also invited Charles Roane for another session. Below is the complete list of the official mixes to "Stranger In Moscow"(not including outtakes)...

1. Hani's Extended Chilli Hop Mix

1. Hani's Num Radio Mix

3. Charles Roane's Full R&B Mix

4. Spensane Vocal Mix

5. Basement Boys Radio Mix

6. 12" Dance Club Mix

7. Tee's In-House Club Mix

8. Tee's Light AC Mix

9. Tee's Freeze Radio Mix

Stay tuned for remixes to This Time Around!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Michael Jackson Remixes Pt 11

 Dallas Austin, Charles Roane, and the members of Love To Infinity(a.k.a. Andy, Pete and Dave)each infused their own waves into an already controversial Pop sensation "They Don't Care About Us"! Dallas Austin was also a minor producer on a few tracks along with R. Kelly for the History Sessions.
All together, these DJ's made a total of 7 remixes listed below...

1. Dallas Main Mix

2. Charles Full Joint Mix

3. Track Master's Mix

4. Love To Infinity Mixes

Stay tuned for the Stranger In Moscow mixes!

Edit: Stranger In Moscow Mixes now up!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Michael Jackson Remixes Pt 10

 To start off our expedition, we will be looking at the Scream mixes. Executed by the likes of David Morales, Naughty By Nature, Dave Jam Hall, and the History album co-producers Jam & Lewis.
Unlike the studio album cut, some of these remixes have edited-out the explicit F-word(The rest I did not bother to post).

Scream Mixes

1. Def Radio Mix

2. Pressurized Dub Two

3. Naughty Radio Mix

4. Naughty Main Mix

5. Pretty-Pella

6. Naughty Acappella

7. D.M. Extended R&B Mix

8. Dave Jam Hall's Extended Urban Mix

9. Scream Louder-Flyte Tyme Remix


Stay tuned for remixes to "They Don't Care About Us.

Edit: Remixes to They Don't Care About Us now up.

Michael Jackson's Father Passes Away at 89!

 On June 27th, 2018 Michael Jackson's dad passed on from a bout of cancer. Although he was very rough with his children and yes abused t...