Dressed in similar duds to what he wore during his Dangerous days he performed “Slave to the Rhythm,” a song he originally recorded with L.A. Reid and Babyface during the Dangerous sessions in 1991.
Superstar producer Timbaland has rather high hopes for his upcoming solo album, Opera Noir, comparing it to a certain seminal early ’90s release from almost-billionaire Dr. Dre.
As one might imagine, the title comes from the popular public service announcement on American television that ran before the nightly news from the 1960s through the ’80s.
Originally recorded with L.A. Reid and Babyface during the Dangerous sessions in 1991, this new version has been pumped up with a little help of MJ’s own unique brand of beatboxing.
The track– a sweet bass-heavy song about unrequited love–was recorded during the 1987 Bad sessions at Red Wing Studio in the San Fernando Valley and later completed the song at Hayvenhurst.
It’s the second song to officially be released from MJ’s posthumous album, listen to “Chicago.”
“Walk It Out” is a smooth, slow-tempo jam featuring a chorus that jumps from one octave to another with relative ease.
“Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”
Timbaland is putting his own personal touch on MJ’s previously unreleased track “Slave to the Rhythm,” with dance-heavy beats that wouldn’t sound out of a place on a Justin Timberlake track.
The song will likely be included on the upcoming Timbaland artist album, which the producer recently announced will be called ‘Textbook Timbo’