Pop is dead.
When asked if there’s any innovation in modern pop music, Jones responded, “Hell no. It’s just loops, beats, rhymes, and hooks. What is there for me to learn from that? There ain’t no f**king songs.”
The problem, he explains, is with “the mentality of the people making the music. Producers now are ignoring all the musical principles of the previous generations. It’s a joke. That’s not the way it works: You’re supposed to use everything from the past. If you know where you came from, it’s easier to get where you’re going.”
That being said, there are still a bunch of pop artists he likes.
Who’s doing good work today? According to Quincy Jones, “Bruno Mars. Chance the Rapper. Kendrick Lamar … And 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.”
Marlon Brando slept with...well...everyone, including Marvin Gaye.
The conversation shifted abruptly from how hopeless modern pop music is to how “[Marlon] Brando used to go cha-cha dancing with us. He could dance his ass off,” Jones continued. “He was the most charming motherf**ker you ever met. He’d f**k anything. Anything! He’d f**k a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.”
When Marchese asked how he knew Brando slept with all those people, Jones responded, “Come on, man. He did not give a f**k! You like Brazilian music?”
And they were on to the next topic.
He used to hang out with Mussolini's son. Yes, that Mussolini.
Quincy Jones used to hang out with the son of the guy who’s taking a car ride with Hitler in the above photo, one of the most notorious dictators in history.
Jones said, “I knew Romano Mussolini, the jazz piano player, the son of Benito Mussolini. We used to jam all night.”
Quincy Jones has certainly had a memorable life, and we’re all just glad he’s gotten to old to give a s**t about what he says!