We Need More Songs, Not Hooks

Quincy Jones appears to be no fan of Taylor Swift!  In an intimate interview with GQ magazine the legendary producer shared his remarkable career in the music industry, childhood, discovering and partying with both Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles and the state of music today.

In a titled interview with GQ “Quincy Jones Has A Story About That” The 84 year old got candid about his rough childhood living in the south side of Chicago and away from his mother. Jones expressed “the ’30s in Chicago, man. Whew. No joke. If you think today’s bad…”

A motherless child roaming alone, Jones never envisioned to be no more than a gangster saying “ As a young kid, after my mother was taken away, my brother and I, we saw dead bodies every day. Guys hanging off of telephone poles with ice picks in their necks, man. Tommy guns and stogies, stacks of wine and liquor, big piles of money in back rooms, that’s all I ever saw. Just wanted to be that.”

Frank Sinatra and Quincy Jones during the recording of Sinatra “It Might Be Swing” in a collaboration with Count Basie in Hollywood, CA, 1964 via Morrison Hotel Gallery.

Shifting the conversation to his notorious part in music, Jones couldn’t help but reminisce about the past, from writing, producing music to eating Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis scrambled eggs. When asked who’s was better his response was simply “Good. Both of them were fantastic. Frank’ could cook, man. His pasta—shit!”

Upon speaking about the state of music today, the hit producer was in full glee once asked about whom from the big names he enjoys today. With and admiration “I love Kendrick Lamar, I love Bruno Mars, I love Drake, I love Ludacris, I love Common. Mary J. Blige. Jennifer Hudson”. But when asked about Taylor Swift being the number selling artists in the industry today and

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 08: Recording artist Taylor Swift arrives at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

“The songwriter of the generation” Jones appeared to at all impressed “We need more songs, man. Fucking songs, not hooks” when asked if ever he’ll produce a Taylor Swift record “I’ll figure something out. Man, the song is the shit—that’s what people don’t realize. A great song can make the worst singer in the world a star. A bad song can’t be saved by the three best singers in the world. I learned that 50 years ago.”

Quincy Jones is a subject of a forthcoming ten-part TV biopic on Netflix documentary to accommodate his 85th birthday celebration Jones hopes to have Donald Glover as a starring actor of the project, in the meantime, star-studded TV event on CBS with Oprah as the host.

Article by Raghad.

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