Quincy Jones was a father figure to Michael Jackson and produced a lot of his music. In a recent tell-all interview, the 84-year-old told one Jackson’s darkest secrets: that he stole music.
“I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff, “Jones told Vulture. “He stole a lot of songs. [Donna Summer’s] “State of Independence and “Billie Jean.” The notes don’t lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come.
There’s evidence showing that there is some truth to what Jones is saying. A mashup of the two songs shows that Jackson may have taken elements of Summer’s “State of Independence” and disguised it with a different bassline.
Jones is a credible source though, considering he produced the entire Thriller album and “State of Independence.” Jackson also sang back up vocals on Summers’ hit, so this doesn’t seem too far fetched.
Take a listen for yourself below.