During Summer Jam in 2001, a huge cultural moment happened Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter brought out Michael Jackson as a surprise guest during his performance. The two future Rock ‘N Roll Hall Of Famers gave the city of New York something to remember that summer night.
It was a magical night for Jay-Z growing up in Marcy to hitting the big stage and there wasn’t too much footage that was captured of the incident. Ralph McDaniels who was behind some of the biggest interviews in hip hop history due to “Video Music Box,” joined MReck TV to speak about the night.
Since 1983, Brooklyn native Ralph McDaniels, founder and curator of the Video Music Box has been instrumental in documenting the evolution of Hip-Hop culture.
Apparently, McDaniels has some footage that was never released. He did say that Michael Jackson’s team was very strict on filming during “The King Of Pop” entrance into the stadium on that fateful night. McDaniels admitted “you knew it was big” in terms of the moment happening, but “everything was big at the time,” due to hip hop acts being the hottest thing at the time at the event.
It was also noted that Jay-Z cursed at Michael Jackson because he may have paid a good amount of money to have him appear at the event. It seems Michael Jackson was just happy being backstage until Jay-Z called him out. The whole scenario is detailed in the video below.
Jay-Z also recently spoke about the comparisons his wife gets to the iconic Michael Jackson.
“Bey’s gonna be mad at this for saying this but Michael Jackson never had a Coachella, she’s an evolution of him because she watched him at 9. And the kids are the same” he said.
"Bey's gonna be mad at this for saying this but Michael Jackson never had a Coachella, she's an evolution of him because she watched him at 9. And [the kids are] the same." — @sc
— Genius (@Genius) December 22, 2021
“Beyoncé is gonna be one of the best singers we ever heard because she is such a student” he added.
The Beyoncé and Michael Jackson comparisons have been around for a very long time – from discography to stage presence and performance.