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6 things we learned from that freewheeling Quincy Jones’ interview


Michael Jackson, Ivanka Trump, Marvin Gaye… Music mogul Quincy Jones gave the world plenty to talk about in a recent interview with

84-years-old Quincy Jones has nothing to prove and if anyone doubted this, he gave us a “kindly” reminder. The music legend who is behind the biggest-selling record of all time – Michael Jackson’s Thriller – dropped bombs AND gems in a recent interview with Vulture.

From racism in the entertainment industry to knowing about the assassination of JFK to dating Ivanka Trump and saying Michael Jackson “stole everything from everybody”, here are the 7 things we learned from that freewheeling Quincy Jones’ interview.

1. He gave us the tea about Michael Jackson as a businessman and as a man.

“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. (…) I used to kill him about the plastic surgery, man. He’d always justify it and say it was because of some disease he had. Bullshit.”

2. For Quincy, The Beatles are a fraud. Yep The Beatles.

“They were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherf**ers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it. I remember once we were in the studio with George Martin, and Ringo had taken three hours for a four-bar thing he was trying to fix on a song.

He couldn’t get it. We said, “Mate, why don’t you get some lager and lime, some shepherd’s pie, and take an hour-and-a-half and relax a little bit.” So he did, and we called Ronnie Verrell, a jazz drummer. Ronnie came in for 15 minutes and tore it up. Ringo comes back and says, “George, can you play it back for me one more time?” So George did, and Ringo says, “That didn’t sound so bad.” And I said, “Yeah, motherf**ker because it ain’t you.” Great guy, though.”

3. His opinion about rock is… interesting

“Rock ain’t nothing but a white version of rhythm and blues, motherf**er.”

4. He Knows Who Assassinated President John F. Kennedy

David Marchese: “What’s something you wish you didn’t know?”

Quincy Jones: “Who killed Kennedy.”

DM: “Who did it?”

QJ: [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.”

DM: “I’ve heard this theory before, that the mob helped win Illinois for Kennedy in 1960.”

QJ: “We shouldn’t talk about this publicly.”

5. He used to date Trump’s daughter Ivanka

“I used to date Ivanka, you know… Twelve years ago. Tommy Hilfiger, who was working with my daughter Kidada, said, ‘Ivanka wants to have dinner with you.’ I said, ‘She’s a fine motherf**er.’ She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.”

6. He Implies Marvin Gaye And Richard Pryor Had Sex With Marlon Brando

“Brando used to go cha-cha dancing with us. He could dance his ass off. He was the most charming motherfucker you ever met. He’d fuck anything. Anything! He’d fuck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.”

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