The Smooth Criminal On Beat Breaks

R.I.P. Michael Jackson – The King Of Pop (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Regardless of what a lot of us might think of his personal life, his influence and dominance in the pop music culture cannot be disputed. Tell me if you’re over 30, or even younger, that you didn’t run around your house wearing one glove at some point. Or that you didn’t have or really want one of those leather joints with all the zippers. Michael Jackson was God to some people. You seen the video clips on the news of when he tours over seas. Craziness.

But this isn’t about Michael Jackson, the man. This is about his music. This is about the music he made that directly influenced our own hip hop culture. I threw this together to represent different eras of this man’s legacy. Of course, you’ll notice many things that are missing but you’ll also notice some you never knew. As usual, we put it down in the good old T.R.O.Y. fashion.
Note: On Major Stress – “A Day In Da Stuy”, they did not sample that MJ song but the hook was obviously influenced by “I Want To Be Where You Are”. And if you don’t hear the sample on the Chino XL cut, it’s only a small piece of singing that was used.

01. Michael Jackson – With A Childs Heart
02. Big Pun -You Aint A Killer
03. Michael Jackson – People Make The World Go Round

04. Mobb Deep – Apostle`s Warning
05. Last Emperor – Keep On (demo)
06. Michael Jackson – I Can’t Help It
07. De La Soul – Breakadawn

08. Michael Jackson – Human Nature

09. Nas – Nas Will Prevail (aint hard to tell demo)
10. Jackson 5 – Maybe Tomorrow

11. Ghostface Killah – All That I Got Is You (remix)
12. Chino XL – What Am I
13. Jackson 5 – Walk On By, I Want To Be Where You Are

14. Public Enemy – By The Time I Get To Arizona
15. Major Stress – A Day In Da Stuy
16. Michael Jackson – The Lady In My Life

17. LL Cool J – Hey Lover
18. Camp Lo – Coolie High (Paradise Remix)


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12 Responses to “The Smooth Criminal On Beat Breaks”

  1. toiletries says:

    "I know my nigga Mike like that… baybaaay!" Biggie Smalls

  2. LAN says:

    good job Verge

  3. takabeats says:

    FYI, Non-Phixion also sampled "Walk On By" on their song "Cult Leader."

  4. Brandan says:

    thanks a ton for posting this, not only for the MJ cuts but also for that Camp Lo- Cooliey High Rmx that been looking for, for the past 13 years!!!
    i knew they sampled a MJ but didnt know which one!
    MJ's tracks sound great sampled, its all about how u flip them!

  5. verge says:

    Glad you guys are enjoying this one.
    There's so much more that was sampled from MJ, but this compilation had a certain flow to it.
    The only thing I wanted on here that just wouldn't have fit on a CD was 'Aint No Sunshine', which intros with the drum break used for 'Rainy Days'.

    Definitely throw this on a CD [or in the ipod] for the weekend and bump it. Enjoy!

  6. Anonymous says:

    This just may be the best blog tribute I have seen and heard so far. Thank you for doing this. This proves that despite all the things the media said… it's not just the man… it is the inspiration, the impact he and his art has had on our lives.

  7. Steady Bloggin' says:

    Amazing work

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  9. Grigo says:

    hey there! you can also check the "Samples vs HipHop" tribute to Michael Jackson on http://samplesvshiphop.blogspot.com/2009/06/king-of-pop-vs-hip-hop.html


  10. T.R.O.Y. says:

    Da Youngstas "Stayed Away" samples the opening lines from "I Wanna Be Where You Are." And of course Grand Puba, and more recently MF Doom have broken out into very bad but very funny interpolations of those lines…

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