50 Cent’s Rap Ruins Michael Jackson Monster Track
50 Cent ruins Michael Jackson’s new track entitled “Monster.”
“Monster” is one of the tracks from Michael Jackson’s newly released posthumous album “Michael.” It features rapper 50 Cent who recently talked about having the chance to be involved with the song. 50 says that his DJ knew Jackson and when he met with him one day Jackson said he had a song that he wanted 50 to appear on. The idea isn’t as odd as it may sound. Jackson has always been both a trend setter and someone who took current trends, shattered them and made them his own. Michael Jackson, if nothing else, always walked to the beat of his own drummer.
This is not the first time Jackson has had a rapper add to his work, it just seems like Michael Jackson and 50 cent are so far apart on the spectrum that it was an unlikely pairing. For his part 50 says he changed up his trademark cadence to better fit the track and pushed himself to do well. The tracks is all about how Hollywood (and fame in general) can turn you into someone you aren’t and someone/something you don’t even like. This is a common thread that has run through Jackson’s work for decades. He has trouble trusting people and letting others get close and this song is all about that.
The song is effective, but, to me, the rap kind of threw it for a loop. For starters 50 Cent did change his cadence and while you can tell it is him, it is a little distracting. It feels like he is channeling his mentor Eminem as 50 uses that chop and attack style vocals with machine gun rhythm. It is interesting to hear him use that rise and fall style, but I don’t think it works here.
50 Cent talked about what an honor it was to be a part of this song and I’m sure it was one of those things that you just can’t say no to. I would like to hear the track without the rap interlude. I have a feeling that might be a lot more interesting. When collaborations work best with Michael Jackson is when they harmonize with or compliment what he is doing. Here he rap simply takes the song in a different direction and it is worse off for going there.
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