Michael Jackson‘s fans have branded his appearance on Drake’s new album as ‘weird’ – after an unreleased song from the late music icon featured on the record.
On new album ‘Scorpion’, Drake is heard rapping alongside MJ on ‘Don’t Matter To Me’, the first time the track has been heard since Jackson’s death in 2009.
But it’s already dividing fans, with some questioning the ethical implications of featuring Jackson without his permission.
“I just find it odd the the MJ Estate would use precious vocals on what appears to be an album track for Drake. Is this hit material? If no, why bother? More than happy to be proven wrong”, one fan wrote on Twitter.
Another said: “That first posthumous MJ album had fake MJ vocals and this Drake record sounds fake too.
“Unless they put a shit load of effects on his voice, that shit fake..They tried to get his vibrato on one note..Could be wrong but I’m not buying it.”
That first posthumous MJ album had fake MJ vocals and this Drake record sounds fake too..Unless they put a shit load of effects on his voice,that shit fake..They tried to get his vibrato on one note..Could be wrong but I’m not buying it
— 🏁 Sledgo Peart 🏁 (@BrixxisKING) June 29, 2018
Branding the collaboration “weird”, one said: “Did this dude autotune Michael Jackson’s vocals? He altered the king of pop’s vocals?!?! Put them on a trash ass song and made Mike sounds weird. Fuck this shit.”
“I’m not fond of the Michael Jackson track. They edited his vocals too much and made his voice sound weird”, said another.
I’m not fond of the Michael Jackson track. They edited his vocals too much and made his voice sound weird.
— The Art Hashira (@201campbell) June 29, 2018
But there was also love for it too.
“I think it’s pretty fuckin awesome that Michael Jackson is on Drake’s album. Not sure how but like woah”, one fan enthused.
Another said: “Drake + Michael Jackson is just awesome, wish he was still around to make more fresh hits with current artists.
Other big talking points on Scorpion include Drake acknowledging that he has a son called Adonis.
On the track ‘Emotionless’, Drake raps: “I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world, I was hiding the world from my kid…Breaking news in my life I don’t run to the blogs/ the only ones I want to tell are in my phone I can call/ They always ask, ‘Why let it run if it’s false’/ You know a wise man once said nothing at all.”