On Wednesday, Vulture published an interview writer David Marchese conducted with jazz and pop legend Quincy Jones, and it went viral quicker than you could say "Wait, what did he just say?!?".
Quincy Jones knows who killed Kennedy. He once dated Ivanka Trump. He knows Hillary Clinton's secrets. "All I’ve ever done is tell the truth. I’ve got nothing to be scared of, man." https://t.co/5RkrT0wYfu
— Vulture (@vulture) February 8, 2018
At 84, the 28-time Grammy-winning jazz musician, arranger and producer -- whose credits include work with artists like Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, the Notorious B.I.G. and most famously, Michael Jackson, among hundreds more -- seems more than comfortable saying exactly what's on his mind, consequences be damned. The music industry pretty much freaked out en masse when this piece hit the ether.
Here are five of the juiciest reveals from an absolutely fascinating interview.
1. Michael Jackson was stingy with songwriting credits.
"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' — (renowned studio musician) Greg Phillinganes wrote the C section. Michael should’ve given him 10 percent of the song. Wouldn’t do it."
2. Jimi Hendrix was scared to jam with jazz giants.
"He was supposed to play on my album and he chickened out. He was nervous to play with Toots Thielemans, Herbie Hancock, Hubert Laws, Roland Kirk — those are some scary (expletive). Toots was one of the greatest soloists that ever (expletive) lived. The cats on my records were the baddest cats in the world and Hendrix didn’t want to play with them."
3. America has some work to do on equality.
"We’re the worst we’ve ever been, but that’s why we’re seeing people try and fix it. 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… We’ve come a long way but we’ve got a long way to go. The South has always been (expletive) up, but you know where you stand. The racism in the North is disguised. You never know where you stand. That’s why what’s happening now is good, because people are saying they are racists who didn’t used to say it. Now we know."
4. Q is not a Trump fan.
"I used to hang out with him. He’s a crazy (expletive). Limited mentally — a megalomaniac, narcissistic. I can’t stand him."
5. God is not a capitalist.
"I have never in my life made music for money or fame. Not even 'Thriller'. No way. God walks out of the room when you’re thinking about money. You could spend a million dollars on a piano part and it won’t make you a million dollars back. That’s just not how it works."