In an exclusive sneak peak from the album documentary (which will only be available on the Xscape Deluxe Edition), the producers behind the album talk about how they got involved in the project.
After music exec L.A. Reid commissioned entertainment lawyer John Branca to play him all of MJ’s songs left on the cutting room floor, Reid compiled a roster of producers he thought could "contemporize" the unreleased tracks, those producers being Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, and John McClain.
Being that MJ was a perfectionist, and one of the greatest entertainers ever, it's revealed the producers had reservations about being a part of this monumental project, which is vulnerable to criticism from critics and and fans alike.
“I felt like I had to dig into a place to where it’s deeper than just music. I have to dig into a place that he had to accept what I’m doing, without him telling me ‘this is right,’” Timbaland said.
Jerkins added, “At first I was a little hesitant. It wasn’t that I didn’t trust L.A., just that I worked with Michael before, and I knew what his expectations were, what his standards were.”
Check out Part 1 of the sneak peek of the Xscape album documentary, and pre-order above: