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ESSO – Off The Wall (Mixtape)

Monday, August 10th, 2009


ESSO hit me around the time Michael Jackson passed to discuss the situation he found himself in: he had a completed project on his hands which was based on MJ’s Off The Wall, but at the very same time, the whole world was about to step in the studio to record one. He had been waiting for the 30th anniversary of OTW’s release to put it out but all his efforts were about to be lost in a sea of MJ tribute projects. I heard him out and told him to go along with the initial plan and to just be honest about it, which is what he’s been doing.

He explains everything below so make sure to read it before you listen, or at least before you form an opinion about it.

So the time has finally come for the rest of the world to hear the project that Woody and I have been working so hard on since April. I can’t lie it’s kinda bittersweet for it to be gaining the attention that is has over the past weeks since Mike’s untimely passing. Honestly we set out to create an incredible project that would pay homage to Michael Jackson’s musical legacy not his life as a whole. No one song or project could ever achieve that lofty goal.

Woody and I set out months ago to rework one of the most important transitional albums in the history of popular music as we know it. The album that catapulted Michael Jackson to Thriller proportions and left us unforgettable songs like Rock With You, Off The Wall, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Girlfriend and She’s Outta My Life. We turned those songs into Just Feel It, Life Like This, Don’t Stop and Girlfriend (but with a different spin). Michael has inspired countless entertainers across genres and Woody and I are no different that than many other members of our generation that grew up with one glove trying to moonwalk across our living rooms.

I sincerely hope hat no one takes our project as an attempt to capitalize off of the death of a King. This project means way too much to me for it to ever be misunderstood. In the wake of the 30th Anniversary of Off The Wall it is with the utmost respect and reverence that we proudly present you the product of our labor for the past months. We hope that you enjoy the experience of listening to it as much as we enjoyed the experience of creating it.

Hit the jump for the track list + download link.

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Video: ESSO & Woody Discuss Off The Wall

Monday, June 29th, 2009

I’ll let the homie ESSO tell it:

This is one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do in my career. I was scheduled to announce this project on Wednesday of this week, but in light of Michael’s passing on Thursday Woody & I feel like the world needs to know what we’ve been working on for the last few months and why this has been so hard for me to deal with. I’ve been recording my own version of MJ’s Off The Wall album for the last few months now in honor of it’s 30th Anniversary which is on August 10th, and will release it 30 years to the day his original album came out. We were working on this project long before his passing, and will not change the date to even 1 day earlier given the signifigance of August 10th.

Here’s their first single: ESSO – Don’t Stop (Produced by Woody) [via]

Related: Rest in Peace Michael Jackson, Long Live The King Of Pop

Hit the jump to see the front and back covers for the project.