Michael Jackson - "Chicago" (prod. by Timbaland)
Michael Jackson's ghost keeps dropping dimes on us; this time with the release of "Chicago" a 3rd leak from the upcoming posthumous release XSCAPE, produced by Timbaland. When we first heard Timbaland was jumping on to produce a track for the project, the cynicism could not be overstated. However, after a proper listening and much self-contemplation, I'm ready to give this one a half thumb-up with the possibility of a full thumbs-up once I've heard the rest of the album to put all this "contemporizing" into proper perspective. After all, an 808 kit should simply never be in the same sonic space as MJ's raspy iconic croon, even if Timbo did somehow manage to restrain himself from namedropping on the track. XSCAPE drops next week on May 13th with preorders already available via iTunes. Listen to "Chicago" below and let us know how you feel about it in the comment section. If you're looking for a more true-to-form MJ rehash, listen to Justin Timberlake's duet with the King on "Love Never Felt So Good."