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Cookin’ Soul Presents Michael Jackson: Tribute To The King Of Pop

On June 25, 2009 I was lamping on my homie’s stoop when someone screamed out, “Michael Jackson is dead!!!” Naturally I brushed it off as some fiend’s rant of his imaginary world. But not too long after that my hip was blowing up with news of the King of Pop’s passing. Me being a mixtape head I was already imagining the countless kinds of mixes and blends that were bound to flood the hood in the coming hours and days. Sure enough I counted at least two compilation mixtapes, three blends and 34 mixes so far. But I must say that I was amped to see Cookin’ Soul drop a MJ tribute of their own. For the past minute their creations and production have satisfied my hunger in a way Snickers never could (that’s my favorite chocolate bar too).

The premise on this one was to keep the original Michael Jackson songs in tact and add rappers verses to it in hopes of making it a street banger. First we have Kid Cudi’s “Day N Nite” verse on MJ’s “Beat It.” The sped up vocals and overall demeanor just didn’t mesh well with Mike’s “gangsta” hit. But CS bounced back with back-to-back bangers when he threw in 50’s 2nd verse from “Like My Style” over “Remember The Time” and made something that’ll have the dance floor violating countless fire codes and paired Luda with “Bad” to create something pretty damn decent. Not to mention blending Wayne’s verse with the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” Went together like peanut butter and jelly on a roll.

While I was disappointed with a few blends like Em’s “Real Slim Shady” verse tacked on to “Black or White” and Biggie’s “Nasty Boy” verse mixed into “Thriller” (“Rock With You” was pretty hot though), I was feeling the majority of the blends and the fact that this was a Michael Jackson mixtape. The blends were made to compliment his classics, not the other way around. CS didn’t try to add Neptunes production or a T-Pain hook into any of these songs. It was all Mike all day and until the end of time. Though Michael wasn’t the perfect human being, he was more than your average one. He was a showman who not only changed lives but literally changed the world through his music and his life. I just hope he finds the peace in his death that he could never find in his life. R.I.P. Michael Jackson.-The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: “Remember The Time” (feat. 50 Cent)

Weakest Joint: “Black or White”

Rating: HOOD

  • Pierzy

    Nice drop, O. I saw this but passed because I’m just not a fan of blends. However, I did DL DJ L-Gee’s “The Greatest Entertainer of All Time” which is basically a greatest hits package on a double-disc, but it was cool to have everything together and original…

  • http://www.rapmullet.com Big Chew

    YOUR A DICK HEAD JUST LIKE THESE COOKING SOUL BITCHES OMAR. EVERYBODY TRYING TO CASH IN OFF MICHAEL JACKSON, AND YOUR CO-SIGNING IT. YOUR A BITCH OF ALL BITCHES, A SNAKE OF ALL SNAKES.

    BUT MOST OF ALL IM GLAD YOU LOST YOUR CREDIBILITY RIGHT IN FROM OF THE WORLDS EYES.

    YOUR GONNA GO DOWN IN FLAMES JUST LIKE YOUR MAGAZINE IS IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

    GOOD LUCK JOINING VIBE MAGAZINE

  • http://www.great-hiphop-music.blogspot.com Acrista

    I felt the same way about this mixtape, I was sorely disappointed with the Kid Cudy Day and night remix over beat it. First I felt as a cry baby performer who complained about part of his past with Disney (which was partially responsible for a ton of his fans) and being such a new artist he just wasn’t deserving of a spot on a Michael Jackson tribute mixtape. Second the vocals just didn’t mesh well on that track. Personally I would think “Day and Night” would blend with … “Day and Night” Duh!!! I mean just cause it’s an obvious mix doesn’t mean it isn’t the right mix.
    But some of the tracks on the Cooking soul mixtape are pretty dope and it is worth a listen.

    Cooking Soul is a concept of mixtapes from a producers point of view, blending songs with new artists to create music that speaks to multiple generations. I love the Cooking Soul mixtape series and what they are trying to do with music of the past to introduce it to new generations. But even without the Cooking Soul concept Michael Jackson was so well loved and well known that his music already impacted multiple generations and was still impacting our world to this day. As far as Michael Jackson Tributes go I personally prefer DJ Emir’s Michael Jackson Badder Than Bad Mixtape which really goes hard from start to finish with amazing mixes and blends. He put together the hardest remix of BAD I have ever heard and cuts up Michael’s Bad A-Cappella like no other DJ in the game. His mixtape also features tons of original Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 songs along with tons of music that was originally sampled from Michael Jackson hits like 2pacs “letter to my Unborn Child” Jay-Z “I.Z.Z.O.” and Nas’ “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” which really emphasizes the amount of influence Michael still has on today’s Hip Hop music and today’s music artists. Cooking soul is a great mixtape as far as production goes, but DJ Emir’s Badder than Bad is on a whole new level when it comes to a total listening experience. I’ve listened to many other mixtape tributes to Michael Jackson and these two are the One’s I’d recomend to others. I haven’t heard any other mixtapes that really do Michael great music justice like The Cooking Soul and The Badder than Bad mixtape. These are the only two mixtapes I feel are worth a relistening to over and over and the only One’s I feel are creative in their execution verses the countless mini mixtape compilation mixes that are out there.

  • Johnathan

    I was feeling the remix with Eminem on the Cooking Soul Michael Jackson Mixtape. I checked out Acrista’s suggestion and gotta agree, DJ Emir’s Michael Jackson mixtape is on another level. You guys really should check it out sometime cause that sucker has some serious remixes especially the Pitbull remix he did over black and white and the Method Man PLO style remix over Bad. He did a tremendous job putting the whole thing together. My kids make me listen to it all te time and for once I dont mind them making me do it… yeah they take over my car radio all the time. What’s a loving dad to do? Actually sometimes they make me listen to the first song over and over, and that occasionally does drive me little nuts, but it is a really good remix of Michael Jackson’s BAD over Feli Fel & Sean Paul’s “Feel It” and I understand why they like it so much.