Michael Jackson even passed cause you scrutinized

from A$AP Rocky – Phoenix Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The late, great Michael Jackson died by involuntary manslaughter, suffering fatal cardiac arrest due to an incorrectly prescribed combination of drugs. Jackson, a media plaything due to his popular music and never-ending eccentricities, was undoubtedly on these drugs (at least partially) because of the stress which comes with such life-long mega-fame and publicity.

Rocky justifies his suicidal thoughts, presumably somewhat due to the stress of fame, by reminding himself that even — who many consider to be — the greatest entertainer of all time could not handle it, as Jackson would not have died if he were not under such stress and in need of the drugs.

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