Sometimes I forget that Michael Jackson used to be Little Michael Jackson—the front man (or should we say “boy”) of the Jackson 5. I wasn’t there but, if VH1’s TV movie about the Jacksons is anywhere near the truth then, little seemed to really have something special. He was most certainly talented, but he was passionate…and hungry. A star in the making.
But, what people in my generation don’t realize is that Michael’s journey wasn’t an elevator ride from “Little Michael” to “King of Pop”. There came a point where little Mike’s voice started to change, puberty was setting in, and the Jacksons reached a lull in their career. Now that the “cute” factor was gone, they would have to prove themselves as true “artists”…and prove himself Michael did. Now, Michael has been gone for a couple of years and he seems just as much a part of our cultural fabric as ever. Just listen to Ne-Yo or watch Chris Brown and one thing is undeniably clear: Michael changed the face of pop music. Though he’s gone, his legacy is still very much with us: That’s the difference between a pop star and an icon.
…and as chic as it is to rag on pop musicians, without really giving any real attention to their story, I must say: I left Justin Beiber’s movie (early I might add) with a new found respect for this kid’s brand. I can’t say I’m a fan, or that I’m a supporter; but I do love a good story and this is certainly one of them. What’s more is that his team has really hooked him up with some good songs. Yeah, I said it: the people behind his songs know what they’re doing.
And, I think it’s too early for people to say that his career will be over soon. The kid’s just gonna’ come to that same place where Michael did. His fans will grow up and so will he; and, he’ll have to prove to the world that he really is an artist and with something to offer the world.