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michael jackson: the life of a king

This entry needs no lead-in. We've lost an icon. We all cope with loss differently... this entry is my therapy.

In addition to some of my favorite rare tracks, I want to offer you all a photographic look back at the life of a King. From his first Motown photo shoot to his last press conference. Let us celebrate the life of Michael Jackson.

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I won't front, MJ's passing has taken a toll on me. Over the past week I have found myself getting pretty emotional while editing these photos and listening to his music. For whatever reason... call me a simp, I don't give a shit.

Maybe it's because of the affect Michael obviously had on all of us. I'm no different than every other 80's baby. Everyone has their own memories, but I feel his music has a personal resonance with me due to my father.

While divorce is (unfortunately) commonplace in today's world, the effect on youth is still intense and unique to the individual. In my case it helped me to forget the bad and focus on the good.

Being 6 at the time, most of my memories with the fam involve birthdays and Saturday morning cartoons. All except one. To this day, I always look back to when my sister and I used to dance around the house while my dad played the "Thriller" and "Bad" vinyl.

Mesh shirts and shutter shades... we went in. Hipsters before the hipsters.

I thank MJ for all he's done for us. Outside of his music, I'd like to think he was a good man who loved his family and worked tirelessly for the betterment of others. Anything outside of that is just here-say in my book.

I've been collecting images of MJ for years now and felt there was no better time than now to share them with the world. Let's all take a look back and celebrate the life of one of the greats.

Be sure to click the images to view the enlarged version.

The King. May he rest in peace.

I originally wasn't going to include music in this post, but I felt compelled to when I stumbled upon gem after gem.

This is by no means his entire catalog. Simply a collection of my favorite tracks in high quality. I've been accruing MJ tracks for damn near a decade and it shows.

Whether it be an unreleased remix or an ill live performance, every single one of these joints is ill.

Download these tracks, enjoy them. Celebrate the music and the life of a great.

Click here to download all tracks at once. Or click the song title to download the individual tracks.

early years:

Michael Jackson - Ain't No Sunshine (Cover)
Michael Jackson - Ben
Michael Jackson - Everybody's Somebody's Fool
Michael Jackson - I Wanna Be Where You Are
Michael Jackson - Maria

Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine (Original)
Connie Talbot - Ben (Cover)
Michael Jackson - Ben (Live)
The Roots and Erykah Badu - I Wanna Be Where You Are (Cover)

the jackson 5:

Jackson 5 - Dancing Machine
Jackson 5 - I'll Be There
Jackson 5 - Never Can Say Goodbye
Jackson 5 - Ready or Not
Jackson 5 - Who's Lovin You

Fugees - Ready or Not
Jackson 5 - I'll Be There (Acapella)
Jackson 5 - I'll Be There (Live)
Jackson 5 - Killing Me Softly and Danny Boy Medley (Live)

80's michael:

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana
Michael Jackson - Human Nature
Michael Jackson - Leave Me Alone
Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror

Chris Cornell - Billie Jean (cover)
Michael Jackson - Beat It (Live with Slash)
Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana (Live with Slash)
Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror (Live at the Grammy's)

90's michael:

Michael Jackson - Give In To Me
Michael Jackson - Keep the Faith
Michael Jackson - This Time Around ft Notorious BIG
Michael Jackson - Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Michael Jackson - You Are Not Alone

Michael Jackson - Come Together (Extended Beatles Cover)
Michael Jackson - Give In To Me featuring YoungBloodz (Unreleased Remix)
Michael Jackson - Scream Louder featuring Janet Jackson (Flyte Tyme Remix)
SWV - Right Here featuring Michael Jackson (Human Nature Remix)

the final years:

Michael Jackson - Butterflies
Michael Jackson - They Don't Care About Us
Michael Jackson - Unbreakable featuring Notorious BIG
Michael Jackson - Who Is It
Michael Jackson - You Rock My World

Michael Jackson and Glenn Lewis - Fall Again (Unreleased)
Michael Jackson - For All Time (Unreleased)
Michael Jackson - Who Is It (Live Acapella/Beatbox)
Michael Jackson - You Rock My World Remix featuring Jay-Z


Michael Jackson and Friends - We Are the World (USA for Africa Tribute)
Michael Jackson and Friends - What More Can I Give (9/11 Tribute)
Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney - Say, Say, Say
Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney - The Girl is Mine
Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder - Just Good Friends

Diana Ross and Michael Jackson - Eaten Alive
Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson - State of Shock (Unreleased)
Michael Jackson and Kanye West - Billie Jean 2008
Michael Jackson - We Are the World (Solo Version)

I hope you guys enjoy this post. It took some time to put together, but it helped me remember some of the reasons I love music.

Rest in peace MJ, you will be missed.


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artist spotlight: peter beste

In regards to photographers, the homie Peter Beste is somewhat of a strange fig when you get right down to it.

Most cats tend to focus on subjects that are perceived to be glamorous or beautiful, while Mr. Beste focuses his attention on subjects that are sometimes misrepresented and misunderstood.

While his body of work can take you across the world, I'd like to give you a brief tour of Houston, Texas.

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Whether it be a strip club in H-Town or a mosh pit at a black metal show, Beste's work revolves more around the subculture than the actual subject of the photo. In my opinion, this approach gives the viewers a deeper look inside the subject and tells more of a story.

They say "pictures are worth a thousand words", so I'll shut up and let them do their thing.

Below you will find a brief sampling of my favorite photos. Be sure to click the image view an enlarged version.

Understand that this is just a brief sampling of the homie's work. His documentation of the Norwegian black metal scene and Houston strip clubs are definitely a must see.

Be sure to check out his complete portfolio online at


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