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Rhymefest: Man In the Mirror

Michael Jackson Dedication Album

(Allido Records; US: 1 Jan 2008; UK: 1 Jan 2008)

With the 25th anniversary of the Thillerjust ahead, Chicago rapper/producer Rhymefest has released his own personal dedication album Man in the Mirror as a free download on his website. The 24 tracks are a double-sided looking-glass on which Rhymefest, divulges his own insecurities via hilarious satirical humor and genuine artistic admiration at the expense of the Michael Jackson. Mixed in between creepy MJ sound bites turned into mock interviews are remixed classic tracks from the King of Pop, Bill Withers and the Jackson Five. Rhymefest’s intelligent and honest rhymes are what make this dedication album a two-way mirror that steer MJ’s downfalls into Rhymefest’s greatest asset, the unique ability to avoid cliché and ask Wacko Jacko to be his mentor and make it all seem like a honest gesture pulled off ingeniously by a deft hip-hop jester. Rhymefest, who co-wrote the Grammy-winning “Jesus Walks” with Kanye West, also has a second full-length album due out in 2008.


Based in Chicago, Chris is also the author/publisher of Live Fix Blog (, a merging of his Popmatters and other music-based writings (reviews, interviews, features) exploring fan behavior, social media, community and artist performance in live concert culture.

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