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Drake References Michael Jackson's Neverland On New Song 'When To Say When'

Drake References Michael Jackson's Neverland On New Song 'When To Say When'

Drake surprised his fans earlier today (1 March) by 'leaking' two of his new tunes - 'When To Say When' and 'Chicago Freestyle' - with the former referring to the late Michael Jackson.

The specific lyric reads: "Finally give you n****s the space you need to exist. Michael Jackson s***, but the palace is not for kids."

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The 33-year-old Canadian's reference to a 'palace' is probably a nudge towards Jackson's famous home, which he called 'Neverland'.

The lyric is already proving controversial, with fans taking to Twitter to share their thoughts:


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For anyone who isn't familiar, Neverland is a fictional world that comes from the film Peter Pan. It's a place where adults and children go to when they refuse to grow up, or when they're dreaming.

Michael Jackson, who passed away in June 2009 aged 50, lived on a Sycamore Valley Ranch that he called 'Neverland Ranch' which was a developed property in Santa Barbara County, California.

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Neverland Ranch lit up in the evening. Credit: PA
Neverland Ranch lit up in the evening. Credit: PA

It is the house many children including actors such as Macaulay Culkin visited. But it was also the place at the centre of the accusations against the singer by Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

The pair participated in a HBO documentary last year which was titled Leaving Neverland. In it, they claimed Michael Jackson sexually abused them when they were both children.

A big wheel and carousels at Neverland Ranch. Credit: PA
A big wheel and carousels at Neverland Ranch. Credit: PA

In the documentary, Mr Safechuck, who is now 42, claimed a 29-year-old Jackson taught him to masturbate in Paris when he was only 10. He said they went on to have sex 'hundreds' of times and even staged a fake wedding together.

Michael's family have denied all allegations against him.

James Safechuck now. Credit: Channel4/Amos Pictures
James Safechuck now. Credit: Channel4/Amos Pictures

In August last year, Jackson's former publicist described the 'King of Pop' as 'the victim' in the controversy surrounding his relationship with children.

Having worked for Jackson for eight years prior to his death in June 2009, Raymone Bain addressed reporters, saying the Michael Jackson Legacy Foundation will 'preserve and defend his name while supporting the numerous organisations he supported in his life'.

She said: "He may no longer be with us, but we're hoping through the foundation he'll continue to live through us. Child molestation and paedophilia are serious and unacceptable, sick, psychotic behaviour. I consider myself a strong advocate for children.

"Not only am I appalled that at the beginning of this special year, we were all confronted with a biased documentary. If it were not Michael Jackson, would it be nominated for five Emmy Awards?"

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Topics: Drake, Entertainment, Music, Michael Jackson

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]