The conversation was sparked by a tweet from Billboard in September and has had fans squabbling over whether the 6 God’s record-breaking run over the last decade holds a candle to MJ’s reign as the King of Pop in the ’80s and ’90s.
If you ask Boosie Badazz, he’s team MJ all day.
“It’s a difference because what if Michael Jackson had social media? What if Michael Jackson had streaming? The motherfuckers would be streamed in Pluto!” he said in the latest clip from his recent sit-down with VladTV. “You can’t compare these two; they not making the same music. This is Quincy Jones. Ain’t no raps on that shit.”
He added, “Nobody compares to Drake as far as hits, but Michael Jackson had presence. That’s the difference. Drake come out there and he play his music and everybody just go crazy. Michael Jackson come out there and breathe.”
There is one modern-day artist Boosie believes deserves to be compared to Michael Jackson, though, and that’s Chris Brown.
“Chris Brown a bad motherfucker,” he said. “That’s the closest thing to Michael Jackson! You can’t compare Drake to no motherfucking Michael Jackson. You gotta compare Chris Brown. Boy, that’s a bad motherfucker! I saw that n-gga come down on the stream!
“I ain’t see Michael Jackson, but I saw CB. And I saw the same thing I saw on the shit I be watching if I watch Michael Jackson: girls passing out. I seen ’em with my own motherfucking eyes.
While Boosie’s comments are unlikely to go down well with Michael Jackson’s ardent fanbase, there is one person who co-signed his comparison: Chris Brown himself. The R&B singer reposted Boosie’s interview on his Instagram on Tuesday (October 19), along with a gracious response.
“Appreciate the love MY BROTHER,” Breezy wrote. “I’m thankful I was able to witness MJs greatness and HE inspired me to be CHRIS BROWN.”
“I mean, everybody has their own definition of great, and all respect to Drake for everything that he does,” he said. “But what my father and my family accomplished in the time that they did it, is very unlikely never to be matched again.”