"Me personally, I think it's keeping the legacy alive. I don't see anything disrespectful about it ... these albums would have come out if [MJ] was alive or dead so I think this helps to keep his legacy alive," Akon told TMZ yesterday while at LAX airport. "[I] honestly disagree."
Most recently, the Senegalese singer appeared on the track 'Hold My Hand,' a cut off the upcoming release. "It was amazing. He was an incredible person. Really creative. That was really a dream come true of mine. I'm glad I enjoyed the moment of it," he said of working with the King of Pop. "That was epic."
Will.i.am has been vocal about his feelings on "Michael," claiming that MJ was a perfectionist and that it would be disrespectful to his artistry to release the unblessed records. "Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are to say that what [Michael] contributed during his life wasn't enough," he said. "He just wasn't any ordinary artist. He was a hands-on person. To me it's disrespectful. There's no honoring."
'Michael,' which also features guest appearances from 50 Cent and Lenny Kravitz is due in stores Dec. 14.