Quincy Jones is not only one of the wisest men in music, he’s also one of the more interesting men in the world. In the past two weeks, Jones, 84 has given out stories his life (22 girlfriends!) as well as stories about some of our favorite musicians such as Prince, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and of course, Michael Jackson. Each one of Jones’ stories seems wilder and more believable than the next but his recent interview with Vulture proved to be most outrageous than most. In fact, it’s already the interview of 2018 and we’re only two months in! One of the minds behind Michael Jackson’s biggest albums in Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad has been dropping gems (“don’t ever make music for money because God walks out the room when you do”) as well as all of the tea. In his latest interview, the longtime impresario mentioned about Richard Pryor’s wild life, Marlon Brando, racism, musicians today as well VIBE founder admitting that he once went on a date with the current first daughter of the United States, Ivanka Trump.
Here are the 10 most interesting things you need to know from Q’s latest Q&A.
1. Michael Jackson Was A Thief
We discussed this yesterday when the interview first broke about how Jones’ knew MJ was “bad” when it came to keeping his hands off other people’s songs. Donna Summer’s “State Of Independence” was lifted for “Billie Jean.” In Q’s eyes, Mike was “greedy.” Ge refused to give songwriter Greg Phillinganes 10 percent of “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”
2. Hillary Clinton Is Shady To Some
Q admitted that there’s a big reason why people don’t like former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “There’s a secret side of her,” he said. When asked about what specific secrets, he quickly told the interviewer, “This is something I shouldn’t discuss publicly.” Yet … Q kept discussing things publicly!
3. He Knows Who Killed JFK!
If there was ONE secret Q wish he didn’t know, it’s who was (allegedly) behind the Kennedy assassination. The man who orchestrated it all according to Mr. Jones? Chicago mobster Sam Giancana. “The connection was there between Sinatra and the Mafia and Kennedy. Joe Kennedy — he was a bad man — he came to Frank to have him talk to Giancana about getting votes,” he said.
4. Jimi Hendrix Didn’t Want To Play With Him Because He Was Scared
Hendrix, by all accounts, is considered the greatest to ever pick up a guitar. But according to Mr. Jones, even he was intimidated by the lineup of Herbie Hancock, Toots Thielemans, Hubert Laws, and Roland Kirk. “The cats on my records were the baddest cats in the world and Hendrix didn’t want to play with them.” Who knew Jimi Hendrix’s heart pumped Kool-Aid?
5. No Love For The Beatles
Already vocal about Taylor Swift, Q also made it clear his feelings about rock and roll. “Ain’t nothing but a white version of rhythm and blues,” Q said. As far as The Beatles, believed to be one of the greatest rock bands of all-time? Q had zero love for them. He proclaimed them to be a “no playing” act who were “the worst musicians in the world.”
6. Racism Has Made The Country Even Worse
At 84, Jones has lived through the ’60s, through the rise of Hitler and more yet he considered now to be the worst time the country has ever been in. “The worst we’ve ever been, but that’s why we’re seeing people try and fix it,” he said. “Feminism: Women are saying they’re not going to take it anymore. Racism: People are fighting it. God is pushing the bad in our face to make people fight back.”
7. Dating A Trump
Beyond sharing some not so pleasant thoughts about the current President (“megalomaniac” was maybe the nicest thing he said), Jones dropped a bombshell in that way back when Trump was still a citizen, Jones dated Ivanka Trump, Trump’s favorite daughter. “I used to date Ivanka, you know. 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*****.” She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.”
8. Oprah Isn’t Cut To Be Presdident
“I don’t think she should run. She doesn’t have the chops for it.,” Jones said. He may have forgotten that Oprah has been the CEO of a billion-dollar empire for quite some time but Q knows his heart’s in a decent place.
9. He’s Not Afraid Of Death
When asked about “the end,” Quincy sharply replied, “You’re just gone.” He remarked about the Catholic Church some as well.
10. Marlon Brando Slept With Famous Black Male Celebrites
Fine, here’s the real tea out of the entire interview. The part that has your entire Facebook page jumping to conclusions. According to Quincy, “The Godfather” himself was not only bi-sexual, he slept with famous black male celebrities such as comedian Richard Pryor, Marvin Gaye and James Baldwin. So much so that Pryor’s widow, Jennifer, confirmed it! “He was the most charming motherf***** you ever met,” Jones said of Brando. “He’d f*** anything. Anything! He’d f** a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.” When the interviewer asked him how did he know, Jones shot back with ease, “Come on, man. He did not give a f***!”