Anyone related to the great late Michael Jackson is bound to be talented. Insert TJ Jackson, who is not only MJ’s nephew, but the youngest son of Tito Jackson from the Jackson 5. Currently one-third of 3T alongside his two brothers, the artist and musician creates music because he genuinely loves it — without any of the pressures that come with being part of music royalty.
Most recently, King Ice caught up with TJ Jackson who unleashed his new single “Insomnia,” which actually flips the negative connotation into a positive. Contrary to most artists, he actually doesn’t care much about jewelry… at all.
What’s the most expensive jewelry you’ve ever purchased?
I don’t really wear… probably an Apple Watch. I’ve never really been a jewelry person. Call it what it is, but I’ve always seen a different purpose for that money. Every time I see an expensive piece, guys wearing $50K, $60K chains, I just think about all the mouths it could’ve fed in Africa. I’m not the kind of guy that will wear that ever. I’m not the guy who’s gonna drive $150K car, ever. I’ve seen it. I’ve traveled and been too many places for that to sit well with me.
Do you have any go-to pieces in your jewelry collection? Maybe for any outfit or occasion?
Honestly, no. I have a watch, but no. The most expensive thing I own jewelry-wise is probably $300 to $400, and that’s the way it’s gonna be.
That’s the watch?
That’s the watch, that’s it.
What record label had the most iconic chain in your opinion?
I still like Bad Boy. I grew up in that time period so seeing the Bad Boy emblem on a chain is still powerful — and it’s cool. For me, that whole Bad Boy… Death Row is pretty cool too. I don’t want to start another feud or anything, but those are two iconic ones.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I want my legacy to be that I did things my way and it was solid. It was authentic, it was raw, it was real. I left this place, the world, better than when I got here. That’s important to me, I believe life is short. I lost my mother as a kid, lost my biggest inspiration in my uncle. That was the message they both had: do your thing to make this world a better place.