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Michael Jackson’s “I Shot the Sheriff” Matches the Quality of His Greatest Hits

By Izaia Bullock
On April 13, 2017

In every era, there are special artists who can make people sing their songs, dance to their music and pay to see them perform. In this era, we have artists like Beyoncé, Drake, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, J. Cole and many more, but nobody will ever rock a stage like Michael Jackson did.

    Michael Jackson is known for his great performances and songs such as: “Thriller,” “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Smooth Criminal” and so many more. However, Jackson’s “I Shot the Sheriff” is highly underrated. It was released in 1977 and six of the eight Jacksons were in the video. This video was not highly televised but it ended up on YouTube and it is fantastic. In the video, Jackson is dressed like a cowboy along with his supporting cast, and the setting is in an old, early 1900’s western bar.

At the beginning of the video, Jackson kicks open swinging doors and enters the bar and a guy falls out of his chair. The bartender stares at Jackson with his eyes wide open, as if he were shocked. Then Jackson dances with the people in the background while singing, “The Cisco kid was a friend of mine.” Soon after, Jackson sings, “He drink whiskey, Poncho drink the wine,” then proceeds to walk over to the bar and has a shot of whiskey, singing all of the lyrics from the song.

Afterwards, the sheriff walks into the bar and separates Jackson from a women he was dancing with. They slowly separate from one another while holding their waist as if they are about to have a shootout; while people in the bar scream and run off frantically. As the scene continues, Jackson and the sheriff both pull their guns from their holsters, firing at each other but Jackson shoots first and kills the sheriff and proceeds to sing, “I shot the sheriff, but I didn't shoot no deputy. I shot the sheriff, but I swear it was in self-defense.” While MJ is singing he is busting some of the sweetest dance moves that you would see anyone perform after shooting a sheriff.

Jackson and others proceed to dance and the video ends with Jackson spinning his way into the middle with his arms stretched and that I show the video ends. While watching this I noticed that one of today’s top pop stars Bruno Mars copies some of Jackson’s style and moves. In Bruno Mars’ song ‘24k’, some of the dance moves are similar to Jackson’s in this video. Many fans watch MJ perform some of his top songs repeatedly but the most underrated performances are usually the best ones. I highly suggest you go on YouTube and watch, “I Shot the Sheriff.”


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