Michael Jackson & Fela Kuti – “Human Nature” vs “I No Get Eye For Back”

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Atop a hypnotic music bed mashed from both tunes—with a particularly effective use of the horns from Fela's "I No Get Eye…" as a refrain—Jackson floats his gentle yet insistent probes about human nature: "Why, why…do they do me that way?" But the probing takes on a more disturbing context when mashed up. For not only is Fela's "I No Get Eye For Back" a metaphoric lament about betrayal, it also evolved from a lyric in another Fela tune, "Alagabon Close," which targeted the police at the notorious Alagabon station after Fela was detained there.… Read the rest