Quincy Jones isn’t impressed by Taylor Swift’s pen game and he has no problem with letting the world know it!
How the iconic creative responded when told that Swift may be one of the most influential writers of all time?Array
Mr. Jones sat down for an interview with ‘GQ‘ which soon took a turn for the interesting when Swift’s name was brought up by the interviewing journalist.
“But, say, Taylor Swift, I guess, is the biggest pop star on the planet in terms of sales right now and this week is about to sell over a million copies of her new album. Do you like her?
Jones makes a face, somewhere between disapproval and disdain.
What’s wrong with it?
‘We need more songs, man. F-cking songs, not hooks.’
Some people consider her the great songwriter of our age.
He laughs. ‘Whatever crumbles your cookie.’”
What he feels her music is lacking?
‘Knowing what you’re doing. You know what I mean? Since I was a little kid, I’ve always heard the people that don’t wanna do the work. It takes work, man. The only place you find success before work is the dictionary, and that’s alphabetical.’
So if you were producing a record for Taylor Swift, what would you have her do?
‘I’ll figure something out. Man, the song is the shit — that’s what people don’t realize. A great song can make the worst singer in the world a star. A bad song can’t be saved by the three best singers in the world. I learned that 50 years ago.’
Plenty of people talk as though Taylor Swift has great songs.
‘But they don’t know, man. They don’t know. I’ve come and gone through seven decades of this shit. Seen all that. Seen how that works. Ignorance is no thing.’”
Swift is yet to respond.