Quincy Jones is a legend of a music producer. The man is larger-than-life and has been the best in the business for decades. He's won 28 Grammys and produced all of Michael Jackson's biggest-selling albums.
Jones is now 84 years old, and he's not slowing down anytime soon. He recently sat down with Vulture's David Marchese and gave a truly insane, tell-all interview that's full of incredible revelations and taboo confessions about pretty much everything under the sun.
"All I've ever done is tell the truth," Jones told Marchese. "I've got nothing to be scared of, man."
Clearly, that is quite the case.
According to Jones, Michael Jackson stole a lot of his music.Right off the bat, Marchese asked Jones, "What's something people don't understand about [Michael Jackson]?" Jones said, "I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff. He stole a lot of songs ... The notes don't lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come ... Greedy, man. Greedy."
Jones claims he knows who killed JFK.
via: Getty ImagesMarchese asked him, "What's something you wish you didn't know?" Jones answered, "Who killed Kennedy."
The Beatles were "the worst musicians in the world."
via: Getty ImagesJones let it slip that he met Paul McCartney when he was 21. Marchese asked him what his first impression of the Beatles was, and Jones said, "That they were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherf**kers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don't even talk about it."
Paul Allen, the Microsoft guy, is the next Jimi Hendrix.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to Quincy Jones, Paul Allen, best known as the co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, sings and plays guitar just like Jimi Hendrix. Don't you see the resemblance?
Donald Trump is "limited mentally."
via: Getty Images"I used to hang out with him," Jones said of Trump. "He's a crazy motherf**ker. Limited mentally — a megalomaniac, narcissistic. I can't stand him." But it's the next sentence that really blew the roof off the place...
"I used to date Ivanka, you know."
via: Getty ImagesThat's right. Apparently, Quincy Jones has been on at least one date with Ivanka Trump. ...At least he saw it as a date.
Frank Sinatra and Bono separately helped combat racism toward Jones.
via: Getty Images"1964, when I was in Vegas," Jones said, "there were places I wasn't supposed to go because I was black, but Frank [Sinatra] fixed that for me. It takes individual efforts like that to change things."
But even though Quincy Jones and Bono may be brothers, he still thinks U2 is terrible.
via: Getty ImagesWhen Marchese asked Jones if U2 is still making good music, this was Jones' response: "[Shakes head.]" When asked why not, he said, "I don't know. I love Bono with all my heart, but there's too much pressure on the band."
Cyndi Lauper hated "We Are the World."Marchese asked Jones about a story in his memoir about how rock musicians who were asked to be on "We Are the World" complained about the song. Well, this is what Mr. Quincy Jones had to say about that:
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."
That being said, there are still a bunch of pop artists he likes.
via: Getty ImagesWho'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.
via: Getty ImagesQuincy 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!