Jay-Z On Michael Jackson
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Black History Month: Celebrating Inspirational Black Artists
4. Jay-Z On Michael Jackson
He's the undisputed King of Pop and is missed by millions every day, and his contributions to the music world are seemingly endless as his music continues to inspire future generations of artists. Jay-Z tried to put into words the importance of the 'Billie Jean' star to the world. "I try to look for the meaning in things that happen, and it was a tragedy that Michael Jackson passed away, especially for his kids. But on the other side, I think it gave Michael a chance to be celebrated for the genius he was without all the other stuff in the way, and I don’t know if that would ever have happened had he been alive."