Jeff said he was inspired to do the mixtape after fellow DJ Mick Boogie suggested putting his playlist together as a proper release.
â€œI did it exactly as I would play it out live,â€ Jeff explained. â€œI kind of wanted to give a feel like you heard it in a club. I didnâ€™t necessarily want to go in a certain order, â€™cause everybody in the world plays certain Michael Jackson songs. And I wanted to play songs that not everyone plays, play some obscure album cuts. And if you listen to it, I have some a capella and versions of songs that not everyone had heard. So, I kind of wanted to mix it up and keep people off guard. Just give them an example of all that Michael was like.â€
â€œAfter Mike passed, I really started digging, and I found a bunch of stuff that I didnâ€™t know Mike had, especially with the Jackson 5,â€ Jeff told MTV News. â€œHe had a whole bunch of albums that go completely past people. I think people just go for [popular songs like] â€˜I Want You Back,â€™ â€˜Never Can Say Goodbyeâ€™ â€” and there was a bunch of obscure albums that all had really good stuff on them. Then it was hard, because I wanted to keep it one CD and not make it a Mike anthology. I wanted to just make it something that was entertaining, that you could just play from the beginning to end.â€
The 49-song mixtape is sponsored by Undcrwrn apparel and will be available for free download on their site starting Monday (October 26), on the eve of premiere of the concert documentary, â€œMichael Jacksonâ€™s This Is It.â€ The mixtape cover, featuring an illustrated take on Jeff and Smithâ€™s album Heâ€™s the DJ, Iâ€™m the Rapper, is also printed on a T-shirt from Udrcrwn, retailing for $32.
DJ Jazzy Jeff x Michael Jackson – Heâ€™s The King, Iâ€™m The DJ (Mixtape)