Jackson is interviewed during the Making of Beat It the Music video. He discusses what inspired him to create the song, his inclusion of real gang members in the music video, who he considers his real personal friends. He also talks about how the gang world is nothing like what he is used to and how it scares him.
I get afraid of people. I don’t really know people sometimes. It’s a whole ‘nother life that I…I haven’t really experienced that. Like friendship is thing I’m just beginning to learn about. I was raised on the stage and that’s where I’m comfortable and everything else is like foreign to me. I’m just beginning to learn about people, friendship, things like that.