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Having amassed 27 Grammy awards during his career, it’s no wonder Quincy Jones has plenty of opinions about the current state of music.

In an interview with Us Weekly to chat about Jones’s tribute album, “Q: Soul Bossa Nostra,” the 77-year-old music wunderkind took the time to touch on a few of the biggest names and stories in entertainment.

Having been the man behind the boards on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Jones was first asked about his thoughts on the new, posthumous album set for a December 14 release.


“No way it should be coming out,” Jones said of the project titled, “Michael.” “It should have all stayed in the vault…It seems like everybody is trying to put everything out that they can with him. I don’t understand it. It’s all to make money. He wouldn’t have wanted it to come out this way.”

Jones also spoke about another super producer (and frequent MJ sampler), Kanye West, whose latest disc, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” is a critical – and sure to be commercial – darling. But does Q think he and Mr. West should be mentioned in the same breath?

“Did he write for a symphony orchestra? Does he write for a jazz orchestra? Come on, man. He’s just a rapper,” Jones said. “There’s no comparison. I’m not putting him down or making a judgment or anything, but we come from two different sides of the planet…A producer has to have some sort of skills that enable him to be a producer. It’s totally different to know what to do with 16 woodwinds you know from piccolos down to bass clarinet. It’s a whole different mindset. No comparison. None.”

Jones did have praise for some of the industry’s current and rising stars. Aside from noting that Akon, Usher and Ludacris possess the “spark” that Jackson had, Jones admitted he is big on Lady Gaga.

“She’s great,” he said, praising everyone’s favorite meat-covered pop goddess. “Gaga is like Madonna Jr. A lot of people follow Madonna.”

“Q: Soul Bossa Nostra,” which features the likes of Amy Winehouse, Mary J. Blige and T-Pain covering Jones’s classics, is currently available in stores.

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