Quincy Jones has accused Michael Jackson of stealing music, slammed The Beatles for being “the worst musicians in the world” and claimed he dated Ivanka Trump in a tell-all interview that’s left the entertainment industry reeling.
“I know too much, man,” the 84-year-old told Vulture magazine in the fascinating Q&A, published on Wednesday, US time.
The music legend, whose life will be explored in an upcoming Netflix documentary, divulged secrets about some of the music industry’s biggest names.
“I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael [Jackson] stole a lot of stuff,” was one of Jones’s opening remarks. “He stole a lot of songs.”
As for The Beatles? “They were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherf–––ers,” Jones said of his first impression of the iconic British band.
One of his biggest bombshells was about US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who Jones claimed he used to date.
“I used to date Ivanka, you know,” he dished.
“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–––er. She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.”
His truth crusade didn’t stop there – in the course of the interview he revealed who killed John F Kennedy (Chicago mobster Sam Giancana), claimed Marlon Brando would “f––– anything” (including, apparently, James Baldwin, Richard Pryor and Marvin Gaye), and identified Harvey Weinstein as a “jive motherf–––er”.
The one thing Jones refused to discuss were the sexual assault allegations levelled against his friend Bill Cosby, telling interviewer David Marchese, “We can’t talk about this in public, man”.
He also had high praise for a small number of today’s artists, identifying Bruno Mars, Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar as people doing “good work”.
“The Ed Sheeran record is great. Sam Smith – he’s so open about being gay. I love it. Mark Ronson is someone who knows how to produce,” he added.
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The interview is being lauded on social media as “the craziest, juiciest interview ever”.
“It’s so crazy (in a good way) I thought it was a spoof,” wrote Twitter user Shaun King.
“Quincy Jones is proof that when you reach a certain age you simply run out of f––ks to give,” Twitter user Shanita Hubbard joked.
To be fair, it’s likely Jones knows what he’s talking about – he’s won 28 Grammys, produced some of Michael Jackson’s most-loved albums, raised seven children and was named one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century by Time magazine.
Modesty isn’t exactly his strong suit, however. When asked by Marchese what his greatest musical innovation was, Jones replied: “Everything I’ve done.”