50 Cent is the first artist to pay tribute to Michael Jackson in song since the King of Pop died Thursday. Fif released the first two records from his mixtape Forever King on Friday morning (June 26).
The first, “Respect It or Check It N—a,” is vintage hard-core 50. He talks about coming up in the streets as a youngster and how he has evolved, and adds at the end, “Rest in peace to Michael Jackson … You n—as need me, man. I might have to start moonwalking. A couple of dance moves and sh–, might be some sh– called ‘Billie Jean Is My Lover.’ I’m back, n—a!”
The second song is called “Where You Are,” and it takes directly from Jackson’s historic catalog. The G-Unit General raps over the 1972 track “I Wanna Be Where You Are.”
“They say I ain’t lyrical, they say I ain’t a miracle/ I say some hard sh–, so they say I ain’t spiritual,” the self-proclaimed King of Rap rhymes. “They act like they know God better than me/ I know ‘God Allah,’ he used to pump crack up the streets.”
50 goes on to vent about those in the ‘hood doubting him because of his over-the-top financial status. The Southside, Queens, native then gives way to the King of Pop, and we hear Jackson’s timeless vocals.
“Can it be I stayed away too long?/ Did I leave your mind when I was gone?/ It’s not my thing trying to get back/ But this time let me tell you where I’m at/ You don’t have to worry ’cause I’m coming/ Back to where I should have always stayed/ And now I’ve heard the maybe to your story/ And it’s enough love for me to stay.”