The Xscape track was produced both originally during the Invincible sessions and again as the title track by Rodney Jerkins in 2014. The angular rhythms that Jackson loved so much from his days with both the Thriller title track and the Bad title track are prevalent in the original version of Xscape found on the deluxe album, but have been softened for the remake. Instead, the aggression now comes predominantly from MJ’s vocals with a deeper bottom.
Singing about wanting to escape the system, bad relationships, and everything that holds him back is the storyline of this song and for four minutes, that escapism is realized. Had Michael Jackson been able to release the Xscape track himself, there’s no room to doubt that it would have been his biggest hit since Bad, potentially even eclipsing that 1987 hit single’s success – something Jackson desperately wanted to achieve.
With the Xscape deluxe album debuting on May 13, 2014 at No. 3 on the iTunes Top Albums charts and climbing to No. 2 on the same day of release, it’s just a matter of time before the remarkable pieces left over by the King of Pop and collected by the Michael Jackson Estate for this masterpiece album becomes No. 1 and one of Jackson’s best selling albums of all-time.