Quincy Jones just gave new meaning to “no f*cks given” in an interview with Vulture where he dishes tons of industry secrets.
The 84-year-old composer, producer and music industry legend is spilling tea on some of the things he’s seen and heard over the course of his six-decade career. Blame it on old wisdom or just unapologetic bluntness, but Jones just gave us the juiciest sound bites…ever? Caution: your tongue might get burnt from all this scorching hot tea.
At the top of the interview, Jones comes out the gate swinging claiming that not all of Michael Jackson’s music is as original as you might think. Journalist David Marchese wanted to know if there was anything he discovered about MJ while helping to produce MJ’s legendary albums. Nobody was anticipating this answer.
“I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff. He stole a lot of songs. [Donna Summer’s] ’State of Independence’ and ’Billie Jean.’ The notes don’t lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come.”
When asked to elaborate, he did not mince words.
“[Michael was] greedy, man. Greedy. ’Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough’ — Greg Phillinganes wrote the c section. Michael should’ve given him 10 percent of the song. Wouldn’t do it.”
Jones had a whole lot to say on the topic of MJ’s ever-changing appearance too.
“I used to kill him about the plastic surgery, man. He’d always justify it and say it was because of some disease he had. Bullshit…He had a problem with his looks because his father told him he was ugly and abused him. What do you expect?”
It might be hard to believe, but the interview gets even crazier from there.
Quincy goes on to divulge all sorts of gems like knowing who killed John F. Kennedy, why he thinks The Beatles sucked, and dating Ivanka Trump. Yes, chile! Ivanka Trump!
“[Trump is] a crazy motherf*cker. Limited mentally — a megalomaniac, narcissistic. I can’t stand him. I used to date Ivanka, you know.”
I’m sorry…run that back!
“Yes, sir. Twelve years ago. Tommy Hilfiger, who was working with my daughter Kidada said, ’Ivanka wants to have dinner with you.’ I said, ’No problem. She’s a fine motherf*cker.’ She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.”
So what does Quincy Jones, undoubtedly one of the greatest music producers to ever walk this earth, think about the state of pop music today? Not a damn thing.
“Producers now are ignoring all the musical principles of the previous generations. It’s a joke. That’s not the way it works: You’re supposed to use everything from the past…There ain’t nothing new. The producers are lazy and greedy.”
Well dang, tell them how you really feel! If this is what being old and wise feels like, I’m looking forward to it. There are literally not enough pages here to drop all the gems from Quincy’s brutally honest Q&A. So do yourself a favor and head to Vulture to read other jaw-dropping stories like how Cyndi Lauper tried to sabotage the making of “We Are The World.” Seriously, you will not be disappointed.
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