Ah, Michael Jackson. Hard to believe he died almost 8 years ago now. One of the biggest losses in music history. The year of 2009 was a sad one for pop music, let me tell you.
To all of us civilians, Michael Jackson was the greatest pop star of all time, but to his kids, for a long time, he was just their dad.
Jackson’s oldest son, Prince Michael, recently appeared on Good Morning America on ABC News and talked about how much it actually took for him and his younger siblings to recognize that his dad is one of the most influential musicians to walk the Earth.
“It did take a while,” he admitted to ABC News. “Even after we realized he was the King of Pop, even to this day, I don’t think it holds the same weight to us as to other people, because he was our dad, or daddy, whatever you want to call him.”
Watch the entire interview in the video below:
As for when, exactly, he realized how important his dad was to the music industry, Prince Michael said:
“I guess when we realized it, is when we saw videos of him performing. We were out of the country at the time, and we were watching videos of his performances, and I’d been used to seeing most females pass out when they see their artist — and you know, they get very emotional — but what blew my mind was when I saw these big muscle-bound dudes fainting and having to be dragged out. I was like, ‘OK, there’s something else going on here.”
The 20-year-old is studying at Loyola Marymount University in LA, and he has also co-founded Heal Los Angeles, a charity organization inspired by his dad’s Heal The World. Their mission [Heal Los Angeles] is to stop hunger, child abuse and homelessness.
Following in his father’s footsteps, philanthropy isn’t the only avenue the 20-year-old is pursuing.
In 2016, he released the first video he produced called Automatic and admitted his dad made the world of music look a lot easier than it is.
He told ABC:
“After doing Automatic, I had done some research, which I should’ve probably done before, but I had found out that my dad’s music video ‘Scream’ was actually one of the most expensive music videos to make—adjusted for inflation of course, but I take a lot of inspiration for that as well with the long form of storytelling in music videos because music is an art,” he said. “It’s something that should come from your heart and having an accompanied visual really can tell the story.”
Now that Prince Michael is fully aware of what his father did to the music world, it’s pretty clear that he wants to follow in the King of Pop’s footsteps.
He has some very big shoes to fill, but from what he’s done already, I think he’s well up to the job.
We can’t wait to see what this guy has in store for us next.