DJ and record producer Just Blaze has stated that Michael Jackson had recorded his own version of Jay-smash Z’s single “Girls, Girls, Girls.” The information was shared on the rapper’s podcast, “The People’s Party with Talib Kweli.”
Just Blaze claims that both the original version, which appeared on Jay-2001 Z’s album “The Blueprint,” and the remix, which included Michael Jackson, were recorded during the same session. Sadly, the Michael Jackson-featured version was never published owing to licensing concerns.
Just Blaze aired a clip of the Michael Jackson cover on the show, revealing that the pop icon sang the chorus and ad-libs over the original song’s instrumental track. He said that Jackson had improvised and put his own spin on the words during the live studio recording sessions.
Fans have long speculated that Michael Jackson recorded his own version of “Girls, Girls, Girls,” but this is the first time anybody connected with Jay-production Z’s crew has verified its existence.
With the 2019 publication of the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which details claims of child sexual abuse against the pop artist, the legal difficulties surrounding the use of a Michael Jackson sample have been a matter of debate. In light of the claims, some musicians and producers have said they are unable to work with Jackson’s songs, while others have argued that his musical legacy should be treated independently from his personal life.
Fans of Jay-Z and the King of Pop will be thrilled by the disclosure of the Michael Jackson cover of “Girls, Girls, Girls,” despite the controversy surrounding the song’s release. The excerpt performed by Just Blaze is a tantalizing preview of a one-of-a-kind and memorable collaboration between two music icons, but it may never see an official release.