During an appearance at Cipha Sounds’ Take It Personal at the UCB Theater in New York City, Brooklyn rapper Lil Cease spoke about the time that Cease and his late friend The Notorious B.I.G. were to meet legendary pop singer Michael Jackson at the late singer’s personal studio to record Biggie’s collaboration with Michael Jackson, “This Time Around.”
Cease describes a scene where upon rolling to the extravagant, gated studio with Biggie and being extremely excited to meet the man he idolized as a sixteen year old. According to Cease, he was all set to meet Jackson when Biggie put the breaks on the situation. Apparently, Biggie was a little uneasy about the situation and did not want Lil Cease to accompany him into the studio.
“So we gets there,” Cease told the crowd. “We pull up. The big security guard come out with the shades on, suited up and he comes in. He grabs Biggie. And I’m about to walk in and Big stops me an goes, ‘Hold up. Where you going?’ I’m like, ‘Nigga, I’m coming in.’ He like, ‘Nah, I don’t trust Michael with kids.’ I’m like, ‘Huh?’ And he had the serious face, too. You know Big. He was real sarcastic. He was funny. He was just like, ‘Nah. Nah, dude. I don’t think it’s a good look. Just stay right here. I’m going to go in there and handle that business real quick. Just roll up some weed. By the time I come back out, we can smoke.’ And I’m still trying to walk in and he holding it me like, ‘Dog, where you going?’ And I’m like, ‘Are you serious?’ He’s like, ‘Just chill. I’ll be right back. Alright? Just sit in the car. Roll up.’ Gave me a bunch of weed, ‘Just go have fun.’ I’m still thinking like, ‘He going to come right back.’
According to Cease, he never got the chance to meet Michael Jackson as Biggie and Cease immediately left the studio after Biggie was finished.