Michael Jackson’s 1982 album Thriller still ranks as the top industry benchmark for albums. Supported by iconic singles such as the title track, “Billie Jean” and “Beat It,” the LP went on to sell 66 million records worldwide (as of 2018), making it the biggest-selling album of all-time.
On the contrary, Future 2017’s album HNDRXX was the final piece in his historic run that made the trap-rap chancellor the first artist to have two albums debut top the Billboard 200 in back-to-back weeks.
As of press time, it currently has a gold certification.
While perusing through his Instagram mentions on Friday (March 12), Future reshared a fan’s claim that “If HNDRXX woulda came out in 1982 MJ woulda never blew up.”
An appreciative Future responded with, “That’s a deep and one helluva compliment” — prompting fans who recall the late King of Pop’s prowess to take exception with the “Life Is Good” rap star to even bring the tweet to the forefront.
But naturally, there were members of the Futurehive who only acknowledge moonwalking in Calabasas.
Although Future can’t go tit-for-tat with Michael Jackson’s stats, he does have his fair share of bragging rights over the generation he currently holds dominion in. His Drake-featured, 2020 single “Life Is Good” will be diamond before any lump of coal after being certified 9x platinum on March 3.
Relive the nearly two billion-viewed video below. That’s one accomplishment Future has over the legendary megastar.