Michael Jackson Rants About “Mean And Nasty” Prince In Unearthed Recordings
Michael Jackson and Prince were rumored to be rivals throughout their respective careers. According to The Mirror, anyway, newly discovered recordings for Michael’s 1988 memoir Moonwalker confirm as much. The King of Pop reportedly does not hold back, calling Prince “one of the rudest people I have ever met.”
“I do not like being compared to Prince at all,” Michael says. “I have proven myself since I was real little. It’s not fair. He feels like I’m his opponent. I hope he changes because boy, he’s gonna get hurt. He’s the type that might commit suicide or something. He was so rude, one of the rudest people I have ever met. Prince is very competitive. He has been very mean and nasty to my family.”
According to Prince, he turned down a role in Michael’s “Bad” video because of the song’s opening lyric. “The first line in that song is, ‘Your butt is mine,'” Prince told comedian Chris Rock. “Now who gonna sing that to whom? Because you sure ain’t saying that to me, and I sure ain’t singing that to you.”
Michael spent five years readying Moonwalker for its Doubleday release. He does open up about his contentious relationship with his father and Jackson 5 manager Joe Jackson, coping with depression at the height of his fame, and the public’s charges that he had plastic surgery.
But for the most part, only other people would speak on how Michael really felt about Prince. According to Epic Records CEO LA Reid‘s own memoir Sing to Me, Michael used to love watching footage from a 1983 James Brown concert, where the Godfather of Soul invited both of them up to the stage, though for Prince to fall “as flat as he could.”