Billboard ‘Xscape’ Article
“There was moments where I broke down,” he says. “It was very hard to do. I’m like, ‘I’m doing Michael Jackson but I can’t talk to him. So how do I channel him?’ ” When he and J-Roc were in the studio reworking “Loving You” — a song written and produced by Jackson at his home studio at the Encino, Calif., house he lived in before Neverland — the first version they came up with was terrible. “I was like, ‘I don’t think Mike would like this. We got to go back. We got to simplify it,’ ” he says. As they did — going for a rich sound he says feels like “Boyz II Men meets today” — he heard Jackson’s voice saying, “That’s it, Tim.”I’d look around, and nobody be in the room,” he says. “I never shared this story, even with my co-producer, Jerome. He like, ‘You all right?’ I’m like, ‘Nah, I’m cool, man. I’m just …’ And I’m sitting and I’m like, ‘Yo, I just heard something. I know I ain’t crazy. I know what I heard.’ So it’s like his spirit resonated through me to give me the OK.”


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