Legendary music producer LA Reid is set to reveal some pretty intimate details about his career interactions with several big name professionals in the music industry. In his new memoir, LA Reid Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic and Searching for Who’s Next, Reid discloses details on various encounters he’s had with celebrities, like The Jacksons, more specifically, brothers Michael and Jermaine, whom he explains did not get along and disputed often over music.
According to a Rolling Out on February 1 , the memoir, which is set to be released on Feb. 2, will detail the highlites of the music mogul whose career really took off during the 90s, with the establishment of the successful record label LaFace Records, founded by he and his business partner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Together, the two were credited for working closely and developing legendary talents like the late Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Usher and Michael and Jermaine Jackson.
As reported by Rolling Out, the encounters with the Jackson brothers were some of Reid’s more memorable moments as he describes touring the Neverland Ranch for the first time and witnessing how powerful Michael was in the industry after recalling a situation where Jermaine made a song that spoke negatively of Michael and before you knew it, the song disappeared as if it was never made. An excerpt from the memoir explains the encounter which began with a conversation between Jermaine, who was newly signed to the LaFace record label, and his bosses, Reid and Edmonds.
“I want to make a song about my brother,” stated Jermaine according to an excerpt from the memoir reported by Rolling Out. “I want to talk about how he’s treated me through the years, like how every time I find producers like you guys, he takes my producers. He doesn’t care about his family or anybody but himself.”
Reportedly, Michael requested that Reid and Edmonds come to his home to discuss working together on potential future projects. Once Jermaine found out that his brother could soon be working with the LaFace executives, he immediately wanted out of his contract and furthermore, decided to release his frustration toward his brother in one of his songs. Though the name of the song was never mention in the excerpt, the memory of the song’s overall existence is more of a mystery as Reid claims the song miraculously disappeared from the airwaves as if it was never made.
“When Michael Jackson heard the song he told Reid ‘You have to stop this,’ [Michael] said,” according to an excerpt from the memoir. “‘You’re the head of the label. You have to kill this. This isn’t good’.” Somehow and someway Michael’s request was honored but, it wasn’t by Reid or Edmonds according to his book. “The record disappeared off the air, as if it had never been there in the first place,” detailed Reid according to the site. “I don’t know what Michael did. I don’t know if Michael did anything, but it went away in a flash.”
The book also details other odd encounters that the music producer shared with the King of Pop like, how he witnessed Jackson eat pasta cut in the shapes of Disney characters and how he found enjoyment from watching old videos of Pop sensation, Prince, and laughing at him, according to the NY Post.
The book also reflects on other music artists like TLC, Justin Bieber and Rihanna.