Quincy Jones: Jackson 'Obviously Didn't Want To Be Black'
Quincy Jones, the record producer who collaborated with Michael Jackson on Thriller, Bad and Off the Wall, has opened up to Details about his memories of his friend's life and speculations about his death.
On Jackson's ever-changing appearance:
Oh, we talked about it all the time. But he'd come up with, "Man, I promise you I have this disease," and so forth, and "I have a blister on my lungs," and all that kind of b.s. It's hard, because Michael's a Virgo, man--he's very set in his ways. You can't talk him out of it. Chemical peels and all that stuff.
On Jackson's skin condition:
It's ridiculous, man! Chemical peels and all of it. And I don't understand it. But he obviously didn't want to be black.
He also speculated on what exactly caused Jackson's death, citing recent comments made by Jackson's first wife Lisa Marie Presley:
I don't know, man. I'm a musician. I'm not a psychiatrist. I would think that the pressure of the concerts and the debt and everything else...I know that Lisa Marie Presley said that she always thought he was going to die like Elvis.
You can read the Details interview here. (not for the TL;DR crowd)