VULTURE CONDUCTS CANDID INTERVIEW W/ QUINCY JONES WHO TALKS MICHAEL JACKSON, THE TRUMPS, MARK RONSON & MORE…
Vulture, one of the leading providers in entertainment news, Tv, movies, music, art, books, theater, celebrities, and the entertainment industry, conducts one of the most entertaining and candid interviews I’ve heard in a while.
In Conversation with Quincy Jones, the 28 Grammy award producer sits down to talk about a multitude of controversial topics, such as Michael Jackson stealing different records that we know MJ for, such as “Billie Jean” and not wanting to give percentage to someone who helped write “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough“. He also discussed MJ’s problems he couldn’t get rid of.
Jones went on to talk about Ivanka Trump wanting to have dinner with him and them eventually dating, whether Oprah Winfrey should run for President, the Beatles being the worst musicians in the world in his first impression, people giving up the spirit of jazz in pop music for money, listing Bruno Mars, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and Mark Ronson for doing great work, and much more.
We were happy to see Quincy give props to the 2015 Global Spin “Breaking Barriers” award winner Mark Ronson for producing.
Check out Quincy Jones Q&A from the Vulture below.
You worked with Michael Jackson more than anyone he wasn’t related to. What’s something people don’t understand about him?
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.
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.
What about outside of music? What’s misunderstood about Michael?
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.
How much were his problems wrapped up with fame?
You mean with the way he looked? He had a problem with his looks because his father told him he was ugly and abused him. What do you expect?
It’s such a strange juxtaposition — how Michael’s music was so joyous, but his life just seems sadder and more odd as time goes by.
Yes, but at the end Michael’s problem was Propofol, and that problem affects everyone — doesn’t matter if you’re famous. Big Pharma making OxyContin and all that shit is a serious thing. I was around the White House for eight years with the Clintons, and I’d learn about how much influence Big Pharma has. It’s no joke. What’s your sign, man?
Would your friend Oprah be a good president?
I don’t think she should run. She doesn’t have the chops for it. If you haven’t been governor of a state or the CEO of a company or a military general, you don’t know how to lead people.
Well, who’s doing good work?
Bruno Mars. Chance the Rapper. Kendrick Lamar. I like where Kendrick’s mind is. He’s grounded. Chance, too. And the Ed Sheeran record is great. Sam Smith — he’s so open about being gay. I love it. Mark Ronson is someone who knows how to produce.