Michael Jackson, Remixed: Akon Takes on 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

So, folks, in celebration of Thriller‘s 25th anniversary, Michael Jackson, Will.I.Am, and Akon have remixed/remade "Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’," which, aside from being a legitimately slammin’ song, gave the world the "Mama say, mama sa, mama mu sa" refrain.

To me, this remix is kind of unnecessary, given the fact that you can still get any house party jumping by putting the original on. So, what do you think?

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  • PoliB

    What a bunch of crap. Totally pointless.

  • Thad

    yuk! what is the point of this again? Just re-release the cd with some bonus tracks. No re-mixes please

  • Cali girl

    That was terrible! Please no remixing a classic. I hate Akon.

  • Queen of Disrepair

    The strings make no sense – where is a real percussive section with the build-up to the end? The synth soounds cheesy. It’s okay but the original is better. I was MORE EXCITED about the Cloverfield bump before the song. I wish Michael wasn’t such a freak – he made awesome music.

  • Scotty

    Isn’t this doubly redundant considering Rihanna’s current single Don’t Stop The Music samples that song (and that lyric)? And is probably a thousand times better than this crap will end up being?

  • TL

    This reminds of people who think you have to pick sides on the UK “The Office” and the U.S. “The Office.” You do all realize that the original and the remix can co-exist, right? It’s not like this is replacing the classic – just a fresh take. I like it.

  • escargot

    I believe it’s “mama say mama sah, mama COO sah.” My sister had the album.

  • ger

    In this new version, it should be ‘mama POO sa’

  • Tino

    Um, the lyrics is actually:
    “I was saved by the sound of Michael’s song.”
    Thought everyone knew that by now.

  • PDub

    not going to set the world on fire or anything, but it’s alright…

  • Vivi

    Why the f*ck did they up and do this? My favorite song of ALL TIME and these idiots decides to remix it. I mean, Akon?!!! Will.i.AM?!! And Micheal agreed to this bullsh*t? I am heated. So unnecessary.

  • PDub

    hey Vivi…guess what? you don’t HAVE to listen to it. and the original still exists for your listening pleasure. just a heads up…

  • GeeMoney

    Awful. Just awful.

  • Winona

    Like I needed further proof that Jacko is indeed Wacko… and I’m QUITE pissed that he eliminated Paul McCartney out of “The Girl is Mine” – what, are you upset that you might actually have to return the Beatles catalog back to him?!?!?

  • monkeyboy

    Actually, the refrain, “Mama-ko, mama-sa, mama-ma-ko-sa” (or something akin to that), was stolen from an early seventies African song that subsequently became a huge disco hit,
    “Soul Makossa” by Manu Dibango. His lawyers won a settlement from the record company for the outright thievery.

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