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This Is What Millennial Michael Jackson Would Have Sounded Like

This Michael Jackson impersonator is giving us a glimpse of what millennial Michael could have been like. He goes by the moniker “Michael Trapson,” which if that’s not clever enough, dude also dresses, sounds and kinda looks like the king himself. He’s got the glove, the loafers and a pretty sick moonwalk.

Youtuber and trap rapper, OG Cano, who now goes by “Michael Trapson” is showing us all what MJ may have sounded like if he were a millennial.

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He even recreated the classic music video for “Thriller,” in an epic 14-minute music video, complete with trap, dance and monsters.

His videos have started going viral on Facebook and Instagram and he recently dropped a new song on iTunes.

The artist, who used to go by “OG Cano” described himself on this artist website as half Dominican and half black (“best of both worlds,” he says), has gone through several evolutions. He started as OG Cano, before playing with a Michael Jackson persona and eventually impersonating Prince as well, but it seems like MJ is working out best for him.


Although his sound is mostly trap, he has sampled some Michael Jackson songs.

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Most recently on the song “Out The Bong/Don’t Stop ‘Til You Smoke Enough” which Trapson released just after 4/20, he samples the classic hit “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Smoking is a common theme in his music, indicated by his song “High” where he has used a sample from the song “Human Nature.” The song features the lyrics “smoking loud, in the night time,” which if you sing it, it’s a perfect blend of what music has become and where it’s come from.


Another song where he imitates Michael’s sound is on his song “Peter Pan” where he uses the rock guitar sound from “Bad.”

The song may be the one that ultimately turns true fans away as he’s clowning on Michael Jackson’s history with children. In the song, Trapson sings “now I don’t sleep with little boys…”


Although he is sampling only some of Michael Jackson’s music, it’s MJ’s essence that he’s mostly imitating.

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He’s totally capitalizing on the entire look, using MJ’s lingo, his style of speaking and pulling off some killer dance moves. Namely, he’s using the exclamation “shimone,” throwing lots of “hee-hees” around and moonwalking like a pro.


And, if you can do your best to not be hurt that someone is impersonating the undisputed King of Pop, it’s music you could actually party to.

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The music video looks just like what you’d expect from a dope trap song. And the music itself is no different from music being released by trap and mumble rap artists like Migos and Lil Yachty, and lots of people are jamming to that.


The artist was featured in a Complex News segment called “Shit We Can’t Unsee.”

Although they had a good laugh about it, Joe Budden reluctantly co-signed him, saying “I’m just happy they know who Michael Jackson is.”


Hey, as long as he’s keeping Michael Jackson alive, and we can all have more opportunities to shout shimone! and hee-hee!, it’s all good.


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Trapera Cazzu Pretty Much Confirms She Had A Relationship With Bad Bunny In A Super Awkward Interview

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Trapera Cazzu Pretty Much Confirms She Had A Relationship With Bad Bunny In A Super Awkward Interview

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Like any creative industry, the world of trap music is teeming with collaborations both artistic and romantic. Of course, the love story shared by Anuel AA and Karol G has been making headlines since late 2018, but rumors about other possible power pairs are always circulating on the internet. Bad Bunny, one of the biggest names on the Latin trap scene sin duda, has been the center of many romance rumors over the years, with fans wondering about possible relationships with a variety of famos@s (from Spain’s neo-Flamenco cantante Rosalía to Argentian trapera Cazzu).

Although speculation about Big Bunny’s involvement with Cazzu emerged in 2018

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Los veo ya mismo en el Luna Park 🇦🇷

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Following a spicy onstage kiss at Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Cazzu all but confirmed their hot history in an interview at Cap Cana’s beachfront Paradise Festival in the Dominican Republic. And even if you don’t care about Cazzu and Bad Bunny’s relationship, the interview is worth watching for its abundance of deliciously awkward moments.

Cazzu’s interview was conducted by Eric Tirin of the Alofoke Radio Show.

Throughout the conversation acknowledged Cazzu’s rising fame and talent but also persistently pressed her for information about that iconic kiss with Bad Bunny.

“We pretty much met on stage, because there wasn’t time to meet before the show, [but] it was all really natural … and I don’t really know what happened, it was all very weird, but we practically forgot that there were 8,000 people in front of us,” she said, referring to the kiss. “But yeah . . . We had good energy and . . . we became friends. Good friends.”

Cazzu also went on to discuss their relationship further, insisting that she and Bad Bunny weren’t dating, but that they were friends—and still are—but that there was a different kind of closeness to their relationship. While all of that may be true, she certainly alluded to the fact that the two artists share a meaningful connection, saying that she and Bad Bunny “shared some moments together, in the moments where they were meant to happen, y ya.”

Cazzu then flashed a coy smile suggesting that those moments were definitely special. She also brought the conversation back to music, saying that even though she and Bad Bunny had connected in a significant way, they almost always talked about music, because music was the central force of both of their lives.

Still, Tirin continued to prod Cazzu for more details. “Una intimidad sexual?” he asked, causing the trapera to stop and look at the camera like this:

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And then dismiss the question like this:

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But Cazzu was a good sport throughout the interview, even trying to answer that particularly blatant question before deciding not to bother. Rebounding from that slightly cringy moment, Tirin asked something a bit tamer: whether they ever shared an unforgettable moment, something crazy and fun that they did together. Cazzu shared a story about them sneaking into a closed park for kids in the middle of Buenos Aires, almost getting caught by a guardia and ultimately running away.

And you almost can’t blame Tirin for his insistence—even Cazzu’s story about visiting a children’s park has an air of romance to it (can’t you just imagine it as a scene in a rom com?), and they shared several photos after their famous kiss that seemed to pretty much prove that Cazzu + Bad Bunny = Amor.

But Boricua social media comedian Jorge ‘Molusco’Pabón would disagree—he cited Tirin for simply being oblivious to all the hints Cazzu dropped during the interview, slamming Tirin’s “mierda de preguntas” on IGTV and insisting that Cazzu actually revealed the whole truth with two simple words: “y ya.”

That’s right—Pabón hypothesizes that when Cazzu spoke about the “special moments” she and Bad Bunny shared, all that was left unsaid was actually made obvious through her casual “y ya.” Because, according to Pabón, the whole world knows that this simple statement is a way of insinuating that there is too much happened between them to adequately describe. Or, perhaps, the complicated details of all they shared are not really anyone’s business. Y ya.

Although nothing was confirmed in literal, word-for-word answers, fans of Bad Bunny and Cazzu can definitely use this interview as evidence to speculate on what actually went down between them. (And, if you agree with Pabón, you probably already feel like you have a good sense of all that.) What we do know for sure: Cazzu and Bad Bunny have major creative potential. He hopped on a remix for her song, “Loca,” back in 2018, and perhaps 2020 is the year for another musical collaboration between the two. Ya veremos!

Every Time I Go Back To The Dominican Republic, I Remember The Person I Am And Want To Be

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Every Time I Go Back To The Dominican Republic, I Remember The Person I Am And Want To Be

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Anyone traveling to the Dominican Republic this summer has likely been met with the cautionary warning; “Don’t drink anything from the minibar.” Eleven tourist deaths on the island in 2019, ranging from natural causes to counterfeit alcohol consumption, have spurred FBI and State Department investigations. Though news of flight and hotel cancellations abounded, I missed my family and refused to let fear stop me from seeing them. Since I lived to tell the tale, here are a few things I learned about my father, about myself, and about the precarious paradise that keeps calling me back.

Billy Joel and Nas have interpreted the “New York state of mind,” and if you have ever visited the Dominican Republic beyond the purpose of tourism, you’ll know that there exists a Dominican state of mind too.

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Whenever I exit Las Americas or Puerto Plata airports, humidity slaps me in the face, and my Dominican mindset is immediately activated. On this island, electricity does not run 24/7. When the electricity goes, or as we say “se fue la luz,” water doesn’t run from the tap either. All that is left to do is swap your sneakers for flip-flops, and exorcise your need for immediate gratification. It takes practice, and I re-learn this lesson with each visit.

The Dominican Republic is changing fast. 

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There is new construction everywhere you look. I sit on the balcony chatting with my father and stare across the street trying to remember how it looked before the apartment building was constructed in that space. I can see from an open doorway on the ground level that wooden boxes are being stacked, and hauled out in front of a business. I tune out my father’s voice as I focus on the shape and size of the boxes. My Spanish needs work, and I ask my father, “Papi, what does ataúd mean?” The business slogan translates to “Quality Coffins.” I think about magic realism traditions in Latin American literature, and I am reminded that so often a country like this juxtaposes disparate images and experiences in such a casual manner. I don’t think I would be able to live across the street from a constant reminder of death anywhere else but on this incongruous island.

We drive to the countryside of El Seibo for a few days.

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My father syncs his playlist and he directs my sister what song to play next. The first song is by Boy George. I watch my father sing along, and I can’t help but think about the Dominican Republic’s homophobic culture steeped in hyper-masculinity. Same-sex marriage is not recognized on the island, and members of the LGBTQ community continue to face discrimination and violence. I talk to my sister about this later that night, and she tells me small changes are coming to the island. The city of Santo Domingo hosts inclusive events like Draguéalo, where you can even sign up for a Vogue class.

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My father’s playlist continues and I’m struck by his selections ranging from Taylor Swift to A.I.E. (A Mwana), a song by a 1970s group called Black Blood, featuring lyrics in Swahili.

I watched this Dominican dad jam across continents, decades, cultures, languages, and race. I realize there is so much I don’t know about him, and so often we shortchange our parents’ knowledge and experience, reducing them to stereotypes and gendered tropes.

My next lesson is on staying sexy.

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After a few days in the countryside, my sister and I rent a hotel room in La Zona Colonial. We ready for a night out when she looks at my outfit and asks me, “Um, is that what you’re wearing tonight?” I thought my yellow jumpsuit was poppin’. My sister pulls out a little black dress from her overnight bag and kindly suggests I wear it. The dress is tiny. It’s skimpy. It’s super short. It’s absolutely perfect. I channel my inner Chapiadora, Goddess of Sex Appeal and Free Drinks, and dance all night. 

Growing up in the 90s, I styled myself in oversized men’s clothing. It wasn’t until that one magical summer in the Dominican Republic when the heat was too oppressive to wear jeans, so I wore—gasp—a skirt. That was the first time I felt sexy, and learned the power of sex appeal. Though I wielded that power throughout my twenties, it fell away in my thirties. Wearing my sister’s LBD I realize I still have “it,” and in the Dominican Republic, sex appeal is ageless. Be careful when you come here. You may fall in love with a local, or you may just fall in love with yourself again.

The island leaves me with one last lesson.

It comes late one night, sharing a few bottles of wine with my father and sister. No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver—the worst blind person is the one who refuses to see. I could say the current political landscape in the U.S. reflects this willful ignorance, a refusal to see; yet it is the same human experience felt across space and time.

I come away wondering about my own blind spots.

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I board my return flight thinking up ways to combat willful ignorance at home, thinking about maintaining that flexible DR state of mind and thinking about buying a little black dress. As tourism in the Dominican Republic picks up again, and unfavorable headlines drop out of the news cycle, this changing island stands in its own plurality welcoming visitors, and offering endless opportunities to teach us something new.

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