Born in Los Angeles, Robin Thicke grew up with an ear trained squarely at R&B and hip-hop. “I didn’t even listen to rock and roll music until I was 17. André Harrell (then president of Bad Boy Entertainment and present mentor to Thicke) heard the lanky white kid and was dumbstruck. “I heard what Martin Luther King, Jr. described in his dream of a new America: a place where a white man in the San Fernando Valley can feel Detroit, Harlem and the blues,” he says. Something Else is aptly titled. “It’s time for hope and change .. “Michael Jackson is the epitome of celebration, and the core of this album has that: It’s celebratory, healing, loving music,” Thicke says.