Music icon Quincy Jones, who has worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Oprah, recently did a Q+A with The National and revealed his take on the current music landscape. To put it bluntly, Jones is not impressed.
When asked about today’s music stars, Jones held nothing back:
“Music has gone so far down lately because everyone is going after the money. People are making songs to sell all sorts of things such as tires, clothes and alcohol. When you go after the money, God walks out of the room, trust me. I never went out after the fame and money. I was just doing what I loved and the money came. You gotta do what you love and really believe in it because that is your truth. I plan to stay like that.”
Jones also had something to say about Weezy:
“Let’s get real, man. When you come from the era of Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, it gets hard to get used to Lil Wayne. I just can’t handle it. There are some good singers out there. Mary J Blige can sing, so can Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera. I know who they are. I also know who they aren’t, too.”
This isn’t the first time Jones has voiced his displeasure for today’s music. Back in 2010, Jones scoffed at the comparison between him and Kanye West.—Peter Walsh