As the son of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., Stefan “Redfoo” Gordy spent his childhood surrounded by music’s most influential and famous stars. At the label’s 25th anniversary party in 1984, an eight-year-old Stefan witnessed Michael Jackson do the moonwalk for the first time at the “off-the-cook” event. “Everybody was in the kitchen making their own stuff. That’s why it’s called ‘off-the-cook,'” he explains.
Redfoo didn’t spend a lot of time at the actual event. “I fell asleep because I was, you know, eight,” he confesses. “I had to wake up and do Saturday cartoons.”
Watch Redfoo Discuss Growing Up With Stevie Wonder
An important fixture at many Gordy parties and family functions was Stevie Wonder, who was signed by Berry Gordy when he was 11 years old. Wonder teamed up with Redfoo on the latter’s single “Where the Sun Goes,” which appears on his debut solo album, Party Rock Mansion, out now. “He always has a funny banter with my father because he always makes fun of my dad,” Redfoo reminisces. “He imitates his voice and stuff.”
Wonder and the LMFAO star linked up during Motown: The Musical‘s run on Broadway, and the next day, Wonder knocked out his part in his own studio. “It was incredible,” he said of getting the raw file. “It was a dream come true.”