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MICHAEL JACKSON'S BIRTHDAY INSPIRES MANY TRIBUTE PARTIES

Posted by Billyjam, August 29, 2009 01:24pm | Post a Comment
Napalm Clique: Unity & Trevor "Shining (Michael Jackson Hip Hop Tribute)" (2009)

Today, August 29th 2009, marks what would have been Michael Jackson's 51st birthday. To celebrate the date and the legacy of MJ and the King of Pop's music there are numerous parties planned for this day in various cities, including San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles.

In LA tonight QuestLove of the mighty Roots (who killed it the one time I saw them play live at Amoeba Hollywood two years ago -- see pics here) is overseeing the Remember the TIme special MJ birthday party tonight with a three hour set along with DJs Vikter Duplaix, Rashida and Loslito at The Church in downtown LA. The party starts at 10pm and goes til 4am. 21+ $20 admission or $15 if you send an RSVP message here by 6pm. The Church is located at 606 E. 6th St. at the corner of Crocker, and one block east of San Pedro.

In San Francisco tonight at Yoshi's A-List Musiq Circle & Mohogany Events are presenting what they have dubbed "The Official Bay Area Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration" with music by Rick & Russ Show. The event is an after party for the sold out Mint Condition show also at Yoshi's.   Those with ticket stubs from that show get a $5 discount on the $10 admission tag. Doors 9:30pm. Party til 2am. Yoshi's is located at 1330 Fillmore Street. Also tonight at 9pm at The Madrone at 500 Divisidero in San Francisco there will be a screening of the new MJ tribute video above by Naplam Clique's Unity and Trevor that was directed and edited by Trevor Parham for Eklectyk Creative Media and includes the MJ eulogy speech by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

And in New York City today there are two major MJ events scheduled; one this afternoon in Brooklyn's Prospect Park being organized by Spike Lee, and one tonight at the Nokia Theater in Times Square being overseen by Q-Tip (who must be only barely back in NYC considering he was still onstage last evening at 7pm at the Outside Lands Festival in SF's Golden Gate Park).

Spike Lee & the Borough of Brooklyn are the official hosts of this afternoon's (noon to 5pm) MJ party near the Prospect Park Bandshell at a meadow in the center of the Brooklyn park called the Nethermead. Spike Lee will be joined by DJ Spinna (who is flying out to SF in a few weeks to do an MJ party at the Mezzanine) who will be spinning the Jackson 5, The Jacksons, and Michael Jackson music all day long.

"We’ll all sing Happy Birthday to Michael. We’re going to make sure he hears us, too. All over the world, people are going to be celebrating his birthday. But he’s going to hear Brooklyn," said Spike Lee in a prepared statement, adding that Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is expected at the end of the event to declare August 29th “Michael Jackson Day” in the Borough of Brooklyn. The event is free.

Then tonight in Manhattan Q-Tip will present Long Live the King! A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square. Joining Q-Tip in the DJ booth will be Mark Ronson and the hard-working DJ Spinna. “Michael Jackson was a huge influence on my music and was an inspiration to me and so many others. I want to bring people together to celebrate the man, his music and his legacy that will undoubtedly live on forever!” said Q-Tip of MJ. Doors 10pm. Tix $25. More info.
 
These celebrations will no doubt be extra bittersweet with the latest news in the MJ story that the office of the Los Angeles County coroner yesterday confirmed that Jackon's death should be treated as "a homicide." Below are the lyrics to the "Shining" MJ tribute song featured in the video above. The song is by Napalm Clique's Unity and Trevor.


"Shining" MJ Tribute lyrics

They wanna tear down
A true black legend shining;
But no matter what you say
My brother Michael is shining.

You talk a lot of lies about him
But we see that your lyin.
Brother Michael is shining.
Brother Michael is shining.

(Repeat twice)

Hook 2

It's Michael Jackson.
It's Michael who yawl?
It's Michael Jackson!

(Repeat four times)

Verse 1

No matter what you say,
You know you used to
Bump Michael
Back in the day.

In fact Michael Jackson was
The only thing you played.
Lip syncing, listening
To everything he say.

So tell me why they wanna talk about him that way?
He always spoke the truth.
He raised my moms and pops
Up in the days of their youth.

I'm gon take it way back
To the days of Ill be there.
A-B-C,1-2-3, Do Re Mi
Made you care.

That's when your daddy rocked a
Jacksons Afro in his hair.
The youngest of all his brothers
But beared the most flare

So why oh why
Do they try to discredit.
The man's what you call a legend.
We should never forget it.

No matter what you say
His heart stayed in a real truthful place.
He moon walked across the stage.
Introduced robotic breaks.

The smoothest ten year old to ever cover
A Smokey Robinson love song.
You can misinform this generation
But his genius lives on!

Hook 2- (repeat four times)

Verse 2 (Trevor)

I remember, Jackson 5
And "Remember The Time,"
And seeing "Billie Jean" live
On Motown 25.

And though your memory's alive
And your soul's in the sky.
I know I never ever
Could truly say goodbye.

I danced in my room
Till I could no more.
And moon walked in my socks
Over hard wood floors.

As a child I went wild
When your songs came on.
So now I know I gotta sing
To keep your spirituals strong.

And now I'm watching music videos
And know what to do.
Keep inspiring the youth
Cause you inspired me too.

And everything that I learned
Is everything that I'll give,
Back to the kids
So that black man lives.

Cause when a black man dies,
His people don't cry.
They celebrate his soul
As he ascends to the sky.

And no matter what they wanna say
About our black king,
He's still reigning over pop
When we shine and sing.

Hook 1

See back when you was
Just an itty-bitty shorty,
You thought red leather jackets
With zippers was real sporty.

You used to tell your mom
I wanna meet Michael Jackson!
Wanted to be a star like him
And rock all his fashion.

So tell me why'd you go and throw
His album in the trash can?
You used to look up to him
And was inspired by his passion.

Is it because the media
Wanted to make children afraid of him
Because they saw with his money
That he was giving aid to em?

And they don't want the children
To love Michael Jackson that would
Make it possible for the future generations
Of all ethnicities to love black men.

That's part of one big
Master plan man;
To try and keep the brother down
When he's got the upper hand man.

But Michael always told em
Beat it! '
Oh just leave me alone!
Ya pressure, I don't need it.

Cause he's unbreakable and invincible.
A yo, I think they should have made
Michael Jackson
A school principal.

Hook 2- (repeat four times)

Hook 1- (repeat twice)


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