New Music: Michael Jackson – ‘Xscape’


After blessing our ears with the Timbaland-produced “Blue Gangsta” yesterday, MTV has premiered the title track off Michael Jackson’s posthumous album Xscape, due Tuesday.

The King of Pop, in his signature falsetto, sings about escaping from the pressure of a relationship on the Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins production.

Jerkins and Jackson originally started working on the song around the time of Invincible in 1999. The producer revisited the track in 2003 before finishing it this year.

“Even when Michael was alive, we never stopped working on the song ‘Xscape,’” Jerkins told the AP. “It was one of those songs where he specifically said to me, ‘It has to see the light of day one day.’”

Xscape features eight previously unreleased songs, which were originally recorded between 1983 and 1999, with additional production from Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon, and John McClain.

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  1. guess

    hahahah funny dialect on that “hard to breath” part ahhaha mickel was a superb singer now the proper breath and sing HAHHAHAHA nice try team timbo


  2. chris

    Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins should have been the executive producer of this project. Rodney actually worked with Michael Jackson for a majority of the Invincible whereas Timbaland never did and has no clue as to how Michael Jackson likes or would have sound. This song here was produced by Rodney Jerkins and sounds way more like Michael would have had the song produced; in fact as said above, he’s the original producer. Had Rodney lead this project instead of Timbaland, the other songs would have been more true to a sound Michael would most likely approve of.
    The chord arrangements, drum pattern, that funk and soul: this is Michael here; not the other reworked productions released.


    cj. Reply:

    @chris, AMEN!


    Sharp Tongue Reply:

    @chris, I agree!!!


  3. Max

    This one and Stargate-produced one are really good.


  4. Emma

    @Chris MJ worked with many producers in his lifetime and at some point he spoke with Timbaland and wanted to work with him. Just before he died before he could make this a reality doesn’t preclude Timbaland from working on those tracks he left behind. I think Tim made an incredible job. They all did..thus album sound superb, better than ANYTHING out there right now. Even the so calked demos on the Deluxe sound magical. One has to wonder why didn’t MJ release them in his lifetime? They are all outstanding. Looking forward to picking up my copy on Tuesday. This will be the only album I listen to for the foreseeable future.


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