Jay-Z Says Michael Jackson Sang Backup on “Girls, Girls, Girls”

In the new issue of NME Jay-Z pays tribute to fallen legend Michael Jackson, and in doing so he revealed a piece of music history that until now was unknown.

Aparrently Jiggaman has collaborated with MJ in more occasions than fans were aware of. According to the Brooklyn rapper, Jackson sang on “Girls, Girls, Girls” on the original Blueprint album. “He was on my song ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’, singing these background vocals and I didn’t even put his name on it,” Jay wrote.

Hov linked up with the King of Pop on the song “You Rock My World” as well and also brought him onstage during 2001’s Summer Jam. “He played a concert with me in New York, which was great,” Jay continued. “He got up and he walked out and the place went mental, guys were just grabbing their hats and throwing them like, “Aiiiiiiiiiieeeeee!”

Hova has an interesting take on Michael’s death. “I try to look for the meaning in things that happen, and it was a tragedy that Michael Jackson passed away, especially for his kids,” he said. “But on the other side, I think it gave Michael a chance to be celebrated for the genius he was without all the other stuff in the way, and I don’t know if that would ever have happened had he been alive.” –Elan Mancini

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    why didnt u put his name on it?

    • No Name

      Because it’s a hoax. Not even considering star power, do you really hear Michael in the background to “Girls Girls Girls”? Not I.

      • eloco22

        That’s not an hoax michael was in the firts blueprint but it was in the girls girls rmx go back and lsten to to it an you’ll… that’s no new news people have known that for years now

      • http://www.somj.org taraysha

        Ok, it’s been reported that Sony would not allow Jay-Z release the version of Girls, Girls, Girls with Michael Jackson on it. That’s not true.

        I have listened to both versions multiple times knowing this and for the life of me could not make the remix sound like MJ. Michael is on the one that WAS released as a single and played on the radio—more proof not to believe everything you read and fact check everything.

        I had questioned the information for the longest time, b/c the remix does not sound like Michael…so I went to the ipod and sure enough, the secret version does NOT have MJ on it but the original LP version does have him singing you can hear him clearly. Now, MJ is NOT credited on the track, but it’s most definitely him on the first version. .

    • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

      thanks. just needed a lil clarification. it damn sure dont sound like mike.

      “He was on my song ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’, singing these background vocals and I didn’t even put his name on it,” Jay wrote.
      ^^smells a lil fishy to me.

      • Venemez

        The Blueprint Last song after lyrical exercise… Girls Girls Girls remix- Michael Jackson sings the hook at the beginning of the song. Play it back listen.

        • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

          got it. i believe ya’ll now.

  • AZ40

    he ain’t sing no damn back up on that song stop lying nigga

  • SunnyCh!ba

    Two legends working together, say what you want, but that’s a good look. R.I.P. Mike.

  • DownSouth

    I will have to listen to that song again, because if Michael’s voice is in the hook, then the vocals were not loud enough. Oh yeah, (unless somebody beat me) FIRST, PIERZY, J7M, PMD, OPP, ODB, MJG, TMZ, ADD, TLC, ABC, 123 lol!

    DOWN SOUTH!!!

  • goldy

    could be talking about the remix which didn’t have credits or tracklisted. bonus joints on cd. possible. not too many other rappers can even say they met him, let alone work with him! jay gets the benefit of the doubt.

  • Brooklyn

    that nigga’s full of more shit than chitlins, if mj sang on your shit, you wouldn’t put his name on it? it’s mj! everything he touched became hot, how many niggas you think was wearing glittery nutcracker jackets before he did? i had to listen to that song on youtube, and all i heard was biz markie.

    • RDS

      XXL needs to clarify the title and actually let people know he was on the remix, not the original. You can hear him in the beginning. Everybody knows he’s on the remix.

      The reason Jay didn’t put his name on the record is because the track was hidden. It’s untitled and uncredited on the album. Obviously, NOBODY’s name is going to be on it.

  • bighaze235

    you guys can’t be fuckin serious… do ya history fuckas and you’ll realize that at the end of the blueprint there r 2 bonus songs… 1 is lyrical excercise and the other is girls girls girls remix with m.j. singing the vocals how could ya’ll act like ya’ll aint know????????

  • Chilly Willy

    C’mon Jigga, we don’t believe you, you need more people. In the making-of edition in XXL, you didn’t even mention it. I bought that album twice, ain’t no Mike in there. All I heard was Slick Rick and Biz Markie. Do you really need to make shit up like that? I mean, you won everything in every aspect in this hiphop thing, do you really feel the need to make shit up at this level???

    • http://thisismarlow.blogspot.com MarloW.

      It’s on the remix so he didn’t make it up

  • 2GUUTA

    ROFLL mutha fucka lying

  • Mo

    HE’S TALKING ABOUT THE REMIX….BUT THAT’S OBVIOUS…YOU HEAR HIM THEN…NOT IN THE ORIGINAL SONG.

    PEOPLE ARE SERIOUSLY DUMB…

    • http://www.somj.org taraysha

      If you can’t tell that’s MJ singing, naaah baby, aahhhwww baby…you’re retarded.

      • dj

        LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats the sample dumbass

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    My dudes!

    The bonus rmx!

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    lol at all the hate and u didn’t even listen to the bonous track. I think the one with slick rick qtip was betta. He didn’t say it to brag he just said it. i think people get jayz cofused and think he is all about bragging, but can u hate a man for being succesful?

  • Chilly Willy

    Call me crazy, but in the remix, does it mean that the chipmunk voice is Mike’s? Don’t get homotional, just answer the question.

  • TheRefriedmexican

    I DON’T BELIEVE IT. NOW IF THE SONG WAS CALLED “BOYS, BOYS, BOYS” THEN I’D BELIEVE IT!
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    • Venemez

      LOL that’s wrong… but still funny…

    • RDS

      There were 2 cases brought against Mike. The first one was over a decade ago and just this past summer the kid in that case came forth and admitted Mike NEVER touched him. He said his father made him say that to get the money. Mike, not thinking, put himself in a scenario that looked awkward. It was an easy sell to a jury and he made it go away with a settlement.

      I don’t claim to know everything there is, but if you actually read what happened, it’s clear Mike was taken advantage of in that situation and likely in the second situation (the more recent suit). But seriously, this lame-ass shit really needs to stop. The man can’t rest in peace because people wanna crack stupid-ass jokes regarding something he didn’t even do. Grow up.

  • Q Double

    The vocals are from the sample from the group The Persuaders “I’m Trying Girls Out.” If you listen to music you would know that. Maybe he did or didn’t, Does it fuckin matter. It’s his conscience that got to live with it.

    • Bk’s Finest

      Co sign. Niggas don’t know their music nowadays.

  • http://-- gaddic

    and the MJ DICK-RIDING CONTINUES….
    WORD JIGGA HIS DEATH WAS THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO HIM AFTER DANGEROUS ALBUM
    HIS LEGACY WILL BE RESPECTED AND APPRECIATED!!
    DON’T BELEIVE THAT BACKUP VOCALS THOUGH GOTTA DIGG UP MY OLD BLUEPRINT COPY AND GIVE THE CLASSIC A LSITEN TO SEE IF JAY-Z IS TRUTHFUL

  • MenaceMan305

    Jay a fuckin liar….and i like Jay…but thats a clear sample….u tellin me kanye’s ego wouldn’t have told the world that Michael Jackson was on one of his beats??? Get the Fuck Outta Here…had to spell it out on this one.

  • Fireforreal

    Menace are you fuckin ignorant or just don’t know how sampling goes ? you can rap or sing something and have it sped up. Remember Mike ad a high pitch to his voice anyway so his voice with an effect to it will sound even higher or like a sample. Remember samples come from someone singing or rapping something. Just like that chopped n screwed stuff. And what reason would Jay have to lie for ? he’s not a new rapper or a one hit wonder looking for some kind of credentials because they never really made it. If you do your research there was several songs that Michael jackson did back up on and never got credit because he didn’t want to over shadow the artist he was singing for.He just got paid I’m sure and kept it moving. Yeah it’s a clear sample. A clear sample of Michael Jackson LOL your a discrace to the 305 lol

  • Sway-z

    You niggas is silly, if Michael Jackson did a ad-lib on the remix, why would Jay HAVE to credit his name for that, when the nigga just brought MJ out in the flesh on Summer Jam the same year?

    You acting like it would be a boost for Jay-z to mention it or something, lol, the nigga got Michael Jackson to come out on stage, he don’t need to prove he was on the album after that. Other than James Brown or Diana Ross, who the fuck got Michael Jackson to just show up, at a rap concert no less?

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    Word is bond. A lot of y’all are lost.

    Why would the man lie when he’s got a mainstream RMX with the man on record??? And brought the man to one of his shows?

    Y’all sheeple believe whatever you wish. I have a cut with MJ doing vocals. Background sh*t. I dropped that history on XXL when the man passed.

    And it don’t matter if anyone believes me. My copy & experience is MY treasure.

    So what the man sang background vocals on Jigga’s song. It only shows the man liked hip hop. Appreciate it.

    • jburg

      On the real, I don’t know what to believe cause I just listened to the song like four tiimes even rewinding the chorus and I can’t hear MJ at all in that shit. Sounds like a sample.

  • Tone

    Alot of people saying Michael is not on here are either deaf or just havent heard the remix…i’ll tell yall what yall can do, stop downloading and buy the album and listen to the remix! He’s on the remix of the song, not the original…either do that or look it up on youtube cause its true

    • nujerz

      The fuck you talking about that remix after lyrical exercise sounds like a Speed Up Sample .

  • Hussle’s Way

    Motherfuck Jay-Z nigga!!! he aint no damn #1 hottest artist!!

    now he’s tryna be like “I fuckz with MJ more than any other rapper” ? FUCK OUTTA HERE WITH THAT SHIT SON

  • kedordu

    THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT ARE LYING ABOUT THIS ARE THE PEOPLE ON THIS SITE .. FUCK OUTTA HERE . STOP ACTING TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL . NO ONE KNEW DUDE WAS ON THE REMIX .. WHAT ARE U TALKING ABOUT??? ITS NEWS TO U AND ITS NEWS TO US ALL DONT DOWN PLAY THE FUCKING MOMENT OF HISTORY .

  • http://www.google.com Stimoroller

    LOL!

  • Joe

    VOICE OF REASON:

    It can be a sped up sample and have the person singing vocals on it AT THE SAME TIME. I have to get home to listen, but you do know what BACKGROUND vocals mean, right. If u sing a hook, thats not ‘background vocals’. So thats obviously not wat he was saying. He means, to give the sample more of a real sound, you have a singer sing ‘under’ the sample. Plenty of famous people sing background and go unnoticed.

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  • Joe

    kedordu CO-MF-SIGN.

    HATE ngs who do that. ‘o i been knew that, evrybody knew that was Mike Jack’

    Same dude who ALWAYS ‘already heard’ evry new song u try put him on to.

    Ol wellin ass ngs lol

  • Brooklyn

    i listened to the remix, it still ain’t mike, that’s a persuader’s song “trying girls out”, my grandmother got the original vinyl.

    • Detroit P

      I dont kno if u only listened to the beginning of the song, but the hook is not a sample…it is re-sung by women….and you can hear a very Micheal Jackson-ish “wooo-ooo” in the background…but whether u hear it or not is inconsequential.. background vocals arent meant to be heard or distinguished…they are used to make something sound more full…again stop listening to the beggining and the end, those are the sample…listen to the hook after his verse, that’s not the sample

      • Brooklyn

        i listened to that whole song several times, i’ve still yet to hear anything resembling mike. there being a “wooo-ooo” in the song doesn’t necessarily mean that it was mike that made that sound, he influenced mad musicians with his style, it could have been someone else. personally, it didn’t sound like mike to me, but other folks have other opinions clearly, so it is what it is. i know a lot of time artists do background vocals and it you can’t distinguish them, yet this is michael jackson we’re talking about, even his background vocals should be distinguishable. niggas knew it was him in that rockwell song.

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  • Chilly Willy

    OK! OK! OK! First off, we all need to pull our pants up and calm the fuck down…………

    That being said, I didn’t believe this shit off-hand. I have 2 copies, I went back to listen to the remix, and still couldn’t get Mike’s vocals on it. My man $yk said he got a treasure, maybe somethin I couldn’t get. Anything is possible. I mean we talk about Jay-Z here, that’s why my first question was why would he make shit up ? I don’t hate on him or nothing, I’m just sceptical. But it’s Jay, and he can get whoever he wants, even a fuckin Gov’nor to testify on his behalf if needed. Who has that ?

    All I hope is that someday, Jay will have a joint with the man, my nigga Prince, that’d be epic. He did it with Mike, with Lenny Kravitz, Linkin Park…….he just need to get in a booth with Prince (no Jamie Foxx blushing on the giraffe eyes).

  • Brooklyn

    @ chilly willy, that jay/prince collabo would be crack cocaine, definitely. it seems like mad niggas be sleeping on prince, he’s the man.

  • Redd

    that is Mike on the girls girls girls remix! he didnt put his name on it maybe cause that song aint listed as a track on there #14 is just super long like 10 minutes.

  • speed_demon

    :o dat nuts@$#$ satanic!!! with MJ??? *faints*

  • Lilie

    Hi guys!

    Someone can put a link where I can listen the remixe of ” Girls Girls Girls ” with the King?

    I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!

    Hee hee!

    Merci! Thanks!