Esso reworks Michael Jackson's Off the Wall

When we ran into Esso backstage at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival in mid-June, the Harlem MC seemed very excited to discuss his upcoming release, a reworking of a then-unnamed classic album. The rapper let slip, off camera, that the vintage work in question was Michael Jackson's Off the Wall, and the record was all set to drop in August to coincide with the 30th anniversary of MJ's breakthrough effort. Fellow artists and Esso himself were calling the project his best work to date. For more in Music, visit