In 2007 artist Kehinde Wiley received voicemails saying that Michael Jackson was trying to reach him. “I ignored them because quite honestly I thought it was a prank” says Wiley. After some further research it turned out the calls were real. Michael Jackson was actually interested in a commissioned piece by Kehinde Wiley.
Wiley mixes images of classical royal portraiture
with images of contemporary black culture. In an interview with Anthem Magazine, Wiley described his style and subjects: