In an interview with Rolling Stone, Will.i.am says he will never allow his collaboration with Michael Jackson to be released.
When asked about his “disgust” for Michael, the posthumous Michael Jackson album released Monday, the Black Eyed Peas mastermind said: “Hell, yeah, I feel that way, and I’ll tell you why. A couple of months before Michael died, he called me on the phone really upset. ‘Hey, it’s Michael,’ ” Will recalled, imitating Jackson’s voice. “‘Somebody leaked one of these songs. Why would they do that? Who does that?’ I said, ‘What song, Mike?’ ‘Some song called ‘Hold My Hand.’ I swear to God I had this conversation with him.”
Will.i.am also swore that none of the songs on which the two collaborated will see the light of day. “I knew this man,” he told Rolling Stone, “And he was very critical about every single detail. He stood in the studio himself, mastering and mixing everything. How can you release a record without that Michael Jackson? It’s not Michael Jackson. I heard the song that’s on the Internet now [‘Breaking News’] and I’m like, ‘That ain’t Mike.’ He wasn’t there to do his micro-Michael-managing that he did with ‘Thriller’ and ‘Billie Jean.’ It disgusts me.”
The full Q&A is available in the current issue of Rolling Stone. More details available here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/68404/242147