Yesterday was Halloween, so I had to do a spooky one for this week’s TBT post. “Thriller” would’ve been too obvious, so I thought I’d go with “Ghosts,” one of favorite Michael Jackson’s most underrated songs/videos.

“Ghosts” was supposed to be part of the soundtrack for Addams Family Values, but when negotiations fell through, MJ decided to make a short film out of it — it was featured at the Cannes Film Festival n all dat. The storyline was co-written by MJ, Mick Garris and Stephen King, who included the film with selected releases of his 1996 move, Thinner. In a 2017 interview, Garris claimed that the project cost $15 million, all of which came out of Michael’s pocket. Technically, that makes it the most expensive music video of all time, but some would argue that it was a theatrical release rather than a music video.

The song, written and produced by MJ and Teddy Riley, never charted in the US because of the weird chart rules back in the day — songs needed to have retail releases to be eligible. However, it was a major hit all around the world, peaking at No. 5 in the UK. Watch an abridged version of this classic below.

Mariah Carey is putting out good music and it kills me that she’s getting zero play. Ahead of the November 16 release of her 15th studio album (Caution), Mimi has released a fourth song, titled “A No No.” Judging from promotional activity, it’s not clear if this song or its immediate predecessor, “The Distance,” are singles in the traditional sense, but we do know that they are being used to create “buzz,” if you will. This must be what Mariah’s team means when they distinguish “promotional singles” from actual singles.

In any case, “A No No” is dope. Like…DOPE. Even better than “The Distance,” and I thought that was her best song in a decade. The song samples the Jeff Lorber Fusion’s “Rain Dance,” made famous by Lil’ Kim’s “Crush on You” (featuring Lil’ Cease), which is also interpolated in the track.

Vocally, Mariah hasn’t sounded this confident and vibrant in a long time. This might have to do with the fact that the song is supposedly a personal one — it is said to be about Mariah’s ex-manager, Stella Bulochnikov, who allegedly stole money from Mariah and then tried to destroy her after she got fired. That long streak of negative news stories about Mariah in late 2017 — from the lipo to allegations of sexual assault — are widely believed to be the handiwork of Stella. Oh, and remember when Mariah revealed that she had bipolar II disorder? That only happened because Mariah got word that Stella was trying to expose her.

Anyways, now that we have some context, listen to the song below.

In the video for “Dose,” Ciara does what she does best: Dancing her ass off. The video shows Ciara and her squad rocking leotards and dancing on a high school basketball court. Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta, makes a cameo. Watch the video below.

Takeoff — who was most definitely not left off “Bad and Boujee” — just released “The Last Memory,” his first single as a solo artist. Parts of the song have that heavy bassline you hear on every Migos track, but overall, I can tell he made an attempt to do something different, and I appreciate that.

I’m not sure what the video about, but Takeoff is seen in a castle with British-style soldiers, model-types in fencer gear, and cats on leashes. Peep the clip below.


His solo debut album, The Last Rocket, drops in a week.

Another week, another exception made. Ciara is just a year shy of the 15-year threshold that I’ve applied to my Throwback Thursday posts, but today is her birthday, so who cares? The R&B singer turns 33 today.

Her debut single, “Goodies” (featuring Petey Pablo), spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is among the most successful debut singles of all time. Her debut album would produce two more singles that peaked at No. 2, and over the next half-decade, she achieved four more top 20 hits. She isn’t the commercial powerhouse she once was, but she’s still cooking and she looks better than ever. Happy birthday, Ciara!


PS: Peep Jeezy in the whip with Jazze Pha.