Who is the greater artist: Prince or Michael Jackson?

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Who is the better artist?
Prince 82 28.98%
Michael Jackson 201 71.02%
Voters: 283. Sorry, you cannot vote on this poll (Boxden members only)

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 5 years ago '04        #121
Sotaboy24 2 heat pts
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Mike got video games out

But prince can hoop

 5 years ago '11        #122
Deuterion 2 heat pts
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These are kids that weren't even alive when Mike's final album (Invincible) dropped but they know his tracks and dance moves by heart. It's not some "Mama listened to this so let me listen to it to" type of mimicry...watch these kids...they are actually feeling the music. They feel it in their souls...it resonates with them...what does that tell you? It tells you that Mike's work was unrivaled...it stands the test of time like no other. How many music videos and artists from 30 years ago do you see children under 7 emulating today? You also can't use the "Oh, Mike was a popstar" excuse cuz he hadn't released one track these kid's whole lives. What is it about Mike's music that touches multiple generations more than any other artist? It couldn't be that it was better than everyone else's...naaaah...that'd be too simple.


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This boy was 1 when Mike passed.

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 5 years ago '13        #123
10th Wonder 160 heat pts160
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 5 years ago '06        #124
1 of 1 Houston 27 heat pts27
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Prince is a better all around musician and I would say they are almost equal as artist. Prince plays numerous instruments on his own tracks, writes, produces, sings and dances. Mike on the other hand is way better as a singer, perfomer, dancer and likewise writes and produces. They both are two of the best innovators to hit the music industry but Mike is the King. But I think we can all agree they both went from looking like Bo$$'s to white....and..uhhh..spanish women?
 08-05-2013, 08:39 AM         #125
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There's one thing y'all are forgetting

MJ was running the music game for half of the 1900s

Prince only had a few decades being relevant
 5 years ago '13        #126
Guvnor 1122 heat pts1122 OP
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 cold_young_thug said:
prince stans k!ll me with that +20 instruments sh*t. Like you've seen the n*gga play all instruments fluently in front of you.
Word

Like this dude Prince didn't have other musicians work with him and didn't have his own bands.

I mean this dude even had Sheila E who was dope.

I have a feeling he was hitting that though

 bluecuz60 said:
Prince is a better all around musician and I would say they are almost equal as artist. Prince plays numerous instruments on his own tracks, writes, produces, sings and dances. Mike on the other hand is way better as a singer, perfomer, dancer and likewise writes and produces. They both are two of the best innovators to hit the music industry but Mike is the King. But I think we can all agree they both went from looking like Bo$$'s to white....and..uhhh..spanish women?
Im dead here man.

This dude said white and spanish women.
 5 years ago '09        #127
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Prince>MJ but not by a large margin. If Prince were to stay in the "creative box" like MJ he would have been just as big. Prince's discography is huge, and the sounds of each album ranges from funk to soul to pop to folk, and thats what makes Prince so damn dynamic. He can make great traditional music and then step out the box and not be afraid to fall on his face if the public doesn't get it. MJ mastered trends and Prince set them.
 5 years ago '07        #128
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Im not saying Prince is a nobody but to say Pince made better music is just dumb. Every artist u see on tv when they ask who did u listen to or look up to when u were young. Most say Mj i never heard a motherfu*ker say Prince. He'll always be number #2

 ballergenetics said:
Prince made better music, period.
 5 years ago '07        #129
tre0624 82 heat pts82
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Didnt Michael Jackson Thriller sell dam near 100Mil worldwide. Be for real Prince not close to MJ
 5 years ago '07        #130
tre0624 82 heat pts82
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Both of them probably was on some gay sh*t so u supporting a gay guy

 SkateboardT said:
I can't believe some of yall are supporting a pedophile

















hahahahahaha I had to.
 5 years ago '13        #131
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 klm1015 said:
Prince>MJ but not by a large margin. If Prince were to stay in the "creative box" like MJ he would have been just as big. Prince's discography is huge, and the sounds of each album ranges from funk to soul to pop to folk, and thats what makes Prince so damn dynamic. He can make great traditional music and then step out the box and not be afraid to fall on his face if the public doesn't get it. MJ mastered trends and Prince set them.
So MJ set no trends?

Get the entire hell out of here

 tre0624 said:
Didnt Michael Jackson Thriller sell dam near 100Mil worldwide. Be for real Prince not close to MJ
I think it did.

Highest selling album in the world I believe
 5 years ago '08        #132
slimdogg3325 1 heat pts
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the question is who's the greater artist not who's better and n*ggas typin all kinds of sh*t.

mj is the greatest artist all time and even prince will tell u that, but better artist could be up for debate
 5 years ago '10        #133
Agentzer0oo0 215 heat pts215
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Nas vs Jay-Z all over.

Prince is more technical (Nas), but MJ has made more enjoyable music, is a better entertainer & performer (Jay-Z)
 5 years ago '07        #134
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 fugeeboy said:
Prince first 5 albums was HIM, Andre Cymone helped a bit playing the bass in his band, but Prince didn't use his ideas at all, then there is Dez d!ckerson, great guitarist in his band, but he did not contribute in the studio, the only people that were known to have contributed in and out the studio to Prince projects was WENDY AND LISA and that was on 3 albums, Around the World in a day, Parade, and Sign o The times, outside of that, its all the little dude from Minnesota, those first 3 albums by the time was all Prince, Morris Day might have a.ssisted from time to time, but those were his projects that he put together, and MJ was great, with his brothers he was great, but even all the Jacksons and ALL THE JACKSONS, from Rebbie to Randy all idolized Prince, Latoya even covered Prince on her first album (remake of Private Joy) and look who MJ tells James Brown to bring up on stage, his idol. PRINCE
Who cares about what he did on his first 5 albums. Dude has dozens of albums and hundreds of songs. Point is he's not as self sufficient and folks make him out to be. He did not write and produce his entire discography.

And mj Idolized prince? Uh its no secret michael was a big fan of prince but idolized him? Really?

The jacksons, especially michael idolized james brown. The same person prince idolized.


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 08-05-2013, 10:00 AM         #135
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 305Lars said:
im more of a prince fan but Michael wins
 5 years ago '09        #136
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 Guvnor said:
So MJ set no trends?

Get the entire hell out of here



I think it did.

Highest selling album in the world I believe
I never said he didn't, but sound wise in the 80s Prince set more trends. MJ may have set trends fashion and dance wise, but he didn't do anything revolutionary. He just made amazing music.

Also to everyone in here saying that no one looked up to Prince is silly. For the most part if you have an ounce of talent in R&B either you are sound like MJ or you sound like Prince. Its that simple.
 5 years ago '09        #137
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 Deuterion said:
You know why kids aren't exposed to it? Because people are not listening to his tracks anymore, why? Because a lot of Prince's music sounds so old and dated..."When Doves Cry" sounds so horrible nowadays with its overly synthesized sound, super reverbed and compressed drums, and its processed vocals. On the flip side you put on Billie Jean which came a year before WDC and it sounds like it came out yesterday. I'm not being biased either...Mike's music is truly timeless and unique. Kids who were born after MJ's death are getting up and dancing to Billie Jean like it's 1984 all over again. It's much more than just exposure...it's about how the music makes you feel, how it resonates with you, and that's something Michael Jackson mastered.

Name another artist who has a recognizable dance routine for each song.

Name another artist who has a recognizable outfit for every song.

Michael Jackson's artistry wasn't just music, it was an experience that engaged you in all senses. You guys can come up with reasons to downplay Mike all you want but there's a reason why the only person known more than him is Jesus. His music, his lyrics, his dancing, his videos, his movies, and etc were some of the best the world has ever seen...and guess what...all of those fit into the definition of ARTISTRY.
I'm sorry but people are still imitating the sound of Purple Rain to this day. The Dream, Alicia Keys, Miguel, the list goes on for artists that have used the sound that Prince made popular.
 5 years ago '05        #138
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 tre0624 said:
Im not saying Prince is a nobody but to say Pince made better music is just dumb. Every artist u see on tv when they ask who did u listen to or look up to when u were young. Most say Mj i never heard a motherfu*ker say Prince. He'll always be number #2
thats cause prince sung about s3x and adult sh*t, he didn't make music for children
 5 years ago '09        #139
klm1015 10 heat pts10
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 5 years ago '04        #140
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 fugeeboy said:
Prince never hated MJ, they were actually good friends.

But let me give yall a little knowledge Prince wrote, Produced, engineered and Played EVERYTHING on his first 5 albums, PLUS
3 albums by THE TIME
Vanity 6
Appolonnia 6
The Family
2 jazz album under the title Madhouse

so its not even close as far as who is the best artist, PRINCE hands down!!!!!
And as a entertainer, his live shows in the 80's were just as good if not better than MJ, but MJ has a more global appeal

OOOOOOOO BTW Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, & Ron Temperton(a white guy from the group Heatwave) wrote MJ's hits, go check the credits......
you mean rod temperton like i said you have to be specific with this type of discussion. arist or performer.. performer MJ all day.. artist prince all day..
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