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Track: UnknownWho Is It? (w/Oprah Winfrey) (Acapella)
Artist: UnknownMichael Jackson
Album: UnknownHip Hop Is Read Presents: The Michael Jackson Acapella Archive
Played: 3019 times

Jackson, demonstrated the foundation for the song in an impromptu acappella performance in his 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey. The moment elicited such a strong reaction that Sony decided to issue it as the album’s next single (in place of “Give in to Me”). The Village Voice’s Greg Tate later wrote of the moment: “My official all-time-favorite Michael clip is the one of him on Oprah viciously beatboxing (his 808 kick sound could straight castrate even Rahzel’s!) and freestyling a new jam into creation – instantaneously connecting Michael in a syncopating heartbeat to those spiritual tributaries that Langston Hughes described, the one’s ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. Bottom line: Anyone whose racial-litmus-test challenge to Michael came with a rhythm-and-blues battle royal event would have gotten their ass royally waxed.”

- Man in the Music

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