Will.i.am ‘Proves’ Michael Jackson Pioneered Ad-Libs Used By New Rappers

Will.i.am credits Michael Jackson with pioneering ad-libs on the background vocals of songs – something that has become popular in today’s Hip Hop music.

In a clip from Showtime’s Thriller 40 documentary that premiered on Wednesday (December 6), the Black Eyed Peas frontman played the background vocals MJ recorded for 1982’s “Beat It” to prove his point.

He continued: “You knew he was bringing ultra talent and imagination for him to be like, ‘You know what? I feel like yawning right here.’ And I listen to his ad-libs, he’s doing all that [beat boxes]. He’s doing all this rhythmic stuff.”

One rapper who frequently pays homage to Michael Jackson as a pioneering influence is Offset.


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