Talk about news we didn’t see coming!
A recent interview with legendary songwriter/producer Quincy Jones sees the 84-year-old in serious “IDGAF” mode, name-dropping a number of his famous past collaborators and nemeses in a tell-all sitdown with our friends at Vulture.
On hand to promote a forthcoming CBS special and Netflix deal, Jones was quizzed on his thoughts on everyone from Oprah and Donald Trump to Paul McCartney and, of course, his most famous collaborator, Michael Jackson.
Just months after winning an unpaid royalties lawsuit against the King of Pop’s estate (click here to read more), the information he shared was jaw-dropping to say the least. See highlights inside:
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] 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?
What’d you think when you first heard rock music?
Rock ain’t nothing but a white version of rhythm and blues, motherfucker. You know, I met Paul McCartney when he was 21.
What were your first impressions of the Beatles?
That they were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherfuckers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it.
Quincy on longtime friend Marlon Brando:
[Marlon] Brando He could dance his ass off. He was the most charming motherfucker you ever met. He’d fuck anything. Anything! He’d fuck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.
He slept with them? How do you know that?
[Frowns.] Come on, man. He did not give a fuck!
Going on to share his candid thoughts on the #Metoo movement, reveal he dated Ivanka Trump, knows who killed Kennedy, and so much more, read the in-your-face chat with the music legend in full by clicking here.