50 Cent shows a more serious side when speaking about his collaboration with Michael Jackson. The rapper is featured on the Teddy Riley-produced song “Monster” off the King of Pop’s posthumous album Michael, due December 14.
Even 50 was nervous when having a conversation with the late icon. “To talk to him is confirmation on different levels that you’ve made it. He wanted to work with me,” said the hip-hop mogul. “I’m like, ‘I’d love to.’ I’m nervous on the other end of the phone. I don’t usually get nervous because I really don’t care about a lot of the other artists, but Mike is special.”
He returned to the studio to lay down his verse after MJ’s passing. “When I sat and listened to the actual song, I was excited. I said, ‘This is the 2010 version of ‘Thriller,'” he shared. “I mean it’s an opportunity to be on a record with, not just a great artist, but a legend.”