Michael Jackson’s nephew wasn’t a fan of Drake’s decision to use the sample.
Well, it doesn’t seem like everybody’s happy with the decision. Austin Brown, Michael’s nephew was ambushed by TMZ yesterday, where he gave his opinion on Drake using his uncle’s music.
“I’m not okay with it,” Austin tells the photographer. “I feel like if he didn’t finish it, you shouldn’t use it.”
Austin is quick to point out, however, that he thinks Drake is very talented and that he doesn’t believe that Drake is taking advantage of Michael’s legacy by using his vocals. The song that Drake used on “Don’t Matter to Me” was reportedly recorded before the release of Thriller, so Michael must have had it locked away in the vault for some time.
Still, at the end of the day, music is music. While not everyone might agree with his decision creatively, Drake secured the rights to the song and can do with it was he wishes. Hopefully the rest of Michael’s family sees it as a loving homage rather than a clout chase.