Quincy Jones Says It's "Hard To Get Used To Lil Wayne"

Quincy Jones also calls Techno "frustrating" because it's "just music to sell products."

Quincy Jones, famed producer who has worked with various icons in music, television and film, including Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith, was recently asked about how today's Pop acts stack up against artists he's worked with. 

"When you come from the era of Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, it gets hard to get used to Lil Wayne," Jones says in an interview with The National. "I just can’t handle it. There are some good singers out there. Mary J Blige can sing, so can Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera. I know who they are. I also know who they aren’t, too." 

Jones did not single Lil Wayne out, expressing his take on much of today's music. 

"Music has gone so far down lately because everyone is going after the money," he says. "People are making songs to sell all sorts of things such as tires, clothes and alcohol. When you go after the money, God walks out of the room, trust me. I never went out after the fame and money. I was just doing what I loved and the money came. You gotta do what you love and really believe in it because that is your truth. I plan to stay like that." 

Asked to elaborate on music that is made to sell products, Jones elaborated on his displeasure with Techno.

"I don’t like techno at all," he says. "That’s just noise. I can try it because there is nothing to it but I just don’t think there is anything to learn from it. Now all these DJs are making more money than rock groups. They don’t even need bands anymore. People such as Skrillex and those guys get half a million to a million dollars a show all over the world from Las Vegas to Brazil. As a musician it is extremely frustrating. Because that’s just music to sell products." 

Jones has been critical of several Rap acts in the past. In 2010, Jones dismissed any comparison between him and Kanye West

"How man?" he said at the time. "No way. Did he write for a symphony orchestra? Does he write for a jazz orchestra? Come on, man. He's just a rapper. There's no comparison. I'm not putting him down or making a judgement or anything, but we come from two different sides of the planet. I spent 28 years learning my first skill. I don't rap. It's not the same thing. A producer has to have some sort of skills that enable him to be a producer. It's totally different to know what to do with 16 woodwinds you know from piccolos down to bass clarinet. It's a whole different mindset. No comparison. None."

In 2012, Jones reportedly said Diddy "couldn't recognize a B flat if it hit him."  

Also in 2012, Quincy Jones III, one of Quincy Jones' sons, was sued by Lil Wayne because Wayne's songs were used in The Carter documentary. Wayne was lated asked to pay $2 million damages for this lawsuit. Wayne had been on board with the documentary, but later sued because he felt it was a "scandalous portrayal" of him. Wayne was later countersued. 

RELATED: Lil Wayne Sues Quincy Jones III For Using His Songs In "The Carter" Documentary

68 Comments

  • pathh88

    He got his opinions wrong on what he labels as "TECHNO", anything with a synthesizer could be labelled techno from Depeche Mode to Kraftwerk to Erasure to Eurythmics to Linkin Park to Roxy Music to Hardfloor to Masters At Work to Diplo to Human League to Gary Numan (cornerstone of Hip Hop) etc you get the point...but he got a point on Kanye not being a producer. Quincy, Rick Rubin Brian Eno etc are PRODUCERS in the real sense, Kanye just makes beats and raps over them or sells them to other rappers to rap over- not even in the same ball park as the aforementioned producers.

  • 1000W@gmail.com

    Music is disposable now don't front. Albums like ILLmatic, Ready to Die, Only Built For Cuban Linx, Reasonable doubt, Liquid Swords, The Infamous...Music like that changed lives. And that music still reigns supreme over anything that comes out today. Lil Wayne can rap...and he's one of the biggest artists out..but Wayne does not have a near classic album. Rappers come and go so fast now you can't even keep up. People are just looking to put singles out and be hot for 15 minutes.

  • oliver berger

    if it's TECHNO...it would be alright, but what he refers to is obviously DUBSTEP or whatever...it IS only NOISE, he#s right there...yes, after 30 years of listening to rap, LIL WAYNE IS hard to swallow...it's just not MUSIC, but JIBBERISH...and to some comments i see here...yeah, if someone that HAS SKILLS, knows THE BIZ, is a real MUSICIAN and produced THE BIGGEST POP_ALBUM EVER...all you jerks can do is calling him GAY...and IF HE WAS he has EVERY RIGHT TO SAY THIS, because who could judge music better than the ULTIMATE PRODUCER (lol)IT HAS MUSIC HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SEXUAL ORIENTATION...it's MUSIC not FUCKING...lol! ...no, kanye west is a godless fashion victim with a microphone and DIDDY IS A BIZNESS JERK that STEALS OTHER ARTISTS WORK and sells it with a steroid pack attached...and thinks he's a producer, because he sold a record originally written by sting in the 80s for a brainless generation of unfunky people raised on NSYNC...i give mr. jones props for saying it how it is...

  • H2

    It's hard to listen to someone who is supposed to be so well-versed in music sound so ignorant. He doesn't like Techno music because it's only music "used to sell products"? That's not the fault of Techno/Electronica producers/DJs, that's the music industry's fault for attempting to cash in on what's currently popular. Ask the real Electronica producers (not you, David Guetta) how hard they had to grind to get noticed and how it wasn't about the $$, it was about a love for the music they made. Just because a song doesn't have a 16 piece orchestra behind it doesn't mean it's not worthy of being called music. This old way of thinking bothers me, because at one time the music they were creating when they were young was frowned upon by their elders...wouldn't you want to BREAK the cycle rather than perpetuate it? However, as far as his comments on Lil' Wayne and Rap/Hip-Hop in general right now...can't really argue too much with that.

  • Anonymous

    Wayne's music isn't for some stuffy old fart who did plenty of dirt himself to amass his fortune.

    • D

      Yeah your right but im in my 20's and its hard for me to get used leopard tights, fake gang claims and his voice lol.

  • Anonymous

    "Professor Griff already exposed Quincy Jones and Will Smith for being a homosexual." didnt pac also call this nigga out for only datin white women?

    • Dyron Beavers

      Pac was engaged to Quincy Jones daughter even worked with his son QDIII. The beef he and Pac had with one another they squashed before Pac was killed. Learn what you're talking about instead of spreading ignorance.

  • Dr York

    Professor Griff already exposed Quincy Jones and Will Smith for being a homosexual.

  • TYBO2020

    LOL@DIDDY COULDN'T RECOGNIZE A B FLAT IF IT HIT HIM..

  • Anonymous

    dentalboy and his lies. Michael and Wayne never met each other at all and Mike was planning a huge tour in Europe before he died." He was planning to tour but wanted to release an album that same year. Since EPIC kicked him out, he was planning to sign with ymcmb.

  • One

    I somewhat understand where Mr. Jones is coming from. I'm a big rap head but I honestly don't like rap after somewhere around 2004-2005. You have some artist that are good but they are drowned out by the bullshit ones. Ever since the original Cash Money crew dipped out; was when rap became bullshit. Hell, even R&B isn't the same anymore. Because of that, I branched out to different genres of music. Techno in the beginning wasn't that bad. Now it all sounds the same. The only reason Skrillex is big as he is because he was a reject in rock.

  • Anonymous

    Quincy just basically dissed ALL of hip-hop culture & music. Sampling is part of the art form Q. Doesn't matter if you get it or not.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that he doesnt know much about rap, so his opinion on rappers should really be taken lightly, as his field of expertize is production and not the the artform of rap (whether or not you wanna consider wayne to be a good rapper, he still have knowledge of the artform, for example he sometimes does 5 syllable end rhymes and his wordplays are amazing when he focuses) and it would really be interesting to hear what kind of rappers quincy jones likes. there have absolutely been good musicians making, and still are making hip hop, Timbaland is a great example, as he made huge productions in hip hop as well as in rnb, as well as then later make urban pop songs and later make electronic pop, then make justin timberlakes new albums, which were a very mature sounding, not at all hip hop influenced on some of the tracks, and also making jays album and working on beyonces album. this proves that he could make music outside of just one genre that was still authentic. Creatively hes also one of the best, probably the best of this generation, he created an original drum sound that were later mimicked by people in pop music as well as hip hop and rnb, he rarely even uses the same melody instruments more than one or two times, and most of the samples he used were changed so much that it only made it sound like he had the same instrument, just played it differently. To bad the only thing people mentions about his sample work is the nelly furtado song which he got sued over. If any producer of right now should be compared to quincy jones, it could only be timbaland, no one else in music has a matching catalog, thats how good hip hop producers could be. Other examples of good hip hip producers are: Pharrell/The neptunes, very similar, maybe because they had a rap group together with timbaland and magoo in the early 90s. also genre breaking music. Dr Dre, who probably is the biggest reason to why hip hop is as big today as it is. Allthough Dr Dre should get just as much credit for turning people in to real artists and understanding what their strengths and flaws are as he gets as a producer. He also did some groundbreaking work on making hip hop music in general sound clearer and bigger, which sonically made hip hop music go head to head with pop music on a sonic level Will.I.Am, as he did alot of creative stuff and broke through in different genres, maybe his music nowadays are a bit questionable, but he got a very original style that alot of the time gos right.

    • bloody bastard

      He dissed Wayne, and that's a cheap shot. Not that creative today. It would be more interesting to hear who he likes in rap. He's calling out commercial artists/styles. Great musician, respect his opinion, but wonder whether he's into any of the ore creative production/beats being made right now(whatever that means to you). Surely, there's some good musicians out making hip-hop, Q?

    • Anonymous

      I'm so sick of this "uuuhh sampling is part of the culture, you don't get it"-talk. The reason why sampling was used in the first place was because the producers couldn't afford to hire a band or a studio or an engineer or a mixer, it was a lot cheaper to get the things you needed to make music by sampling then. But nowadays, hip hop is the biggest music genre in the world, and everyone can make their own music on computers without paying anything, there really is no need for samples, its just a reason for people that aren't creative to say that they are creative. Of course there is good creative sampling, where you could tweak or loop different segments in a way that doesn't make it sound like the original product, but if you look at what the majority of people are doing with it, its bullshit, they just take a loop out of an old song and add the same type of drums that every other sample producer has used before, that isn't making music, that is stealing music because your not good enough to come up with something that people will like on your own, its basically the same thing that Flo Rida does, only in a different genre. And if you cant make music without sampling, your not giving anything for future generations to sample neither, which means that your own music is in a way self destructive. I don't get it, without Quincy Jones there wouldn't be music the way we see it today, he did so much for the culture of MUSIC, that nobody in hip hop could really question this guy from a musical perspective, what would people sample from if it wasn't for people like Quincy Jones? he is absolutely allowed to diss anyone who uses samples, he can make something that took him years to master and took alot of intelligence to create, alot of work was put in by him and alt of people around him, and some of it changed the music game completely. now, people hear something made by him or people of the same musical background as him, and takes the easy way to make a song by just simply cutting out a piece of someone else work so that they can make a record without any effort put into it What it ultimately does is that it puts people that don't deserve to be big game changing music producers in a place where they can be that. these people most off the time doesn't have the skills nor the work ethic to have that kind of responsibility on their shoulder, and that might be the reason why music lost so much of its originality nowadays, why half of the hit songs today either contains samples, interpolations or copy's other songs deliberately. My absolute favorite genre of music is Hip Hop, and not that alternative "because I'm different I'm good" type of Hip Hop, but really, people got stop relying on other people to do the hard work for them, or else hip hop wont ever be as respected as other genres of music are. And last but not least, this is a real musical genius, who is considered to be the greatest producer of all time, y'all cant just counter with a short comment on a hip hop site, you do not have his understanding on music. Period.

    • Rocky G

      Ain't no art form in sampling, bro! NONE!

    • Anonymous

      was he lying though?

  • Anonymous

    And there was a time when the status quo were saying Quincy & Michael were making commercial garbage too. What else is new?

    • Anonymous

      Its not about being commercial its about being musical. Back in the day even the commercial artists were musically talented. Today's music is so repetitive and the beats are so simple and dull compared to the musicality of the past. There have even been science studies that prove today's music is less musical and more repetitive than in the past. I am a hip-hop music producer myself who samples and the reason i sample music from the 70's and 80's was because of how amazing it was. Music from back then has survived for almost 30 years because hip-hop decided to sample it.

    • Anonymous

      They wasn't saying that.

  • Anonymous

    im in my early 20s. im up to date on all the new hits. im telling you new music aint nothing like what quincy workin with. aint got a damn thing to do with age. most that stuff continues to stand the test of time forever. most of stuff coming out today will be outdated garbage next year..

    • Anonymous

      Bruthadee, everyone.

    • Anonymous

      im a huge rap fan. and im not no whiteboy listening to alternate rap. i mean i like the rap that is actually popular with black people. i say it's time to admit rap is the longest lasting fad ever. ill never admit it face-to-face but sometimes i think damn white people are right.

  • Super

    Don't worry, when producers sample all of the samples there are, the ones that depend on samples will be finished. These new era musicians don't even play instruments or make original music, so what will we use years from now?

    • Anonymous

      You do realize that sampling=hip-hop. I cant stand todays commercial music just as much as Quincy but sampling it what gave birth to hip-hop music and is an art form in itself.

  • Anonymous

    Professor Griff already exposed Quincy for being a homosexual.

  • kennyken

    this guy is a true musician. He knows music. I agree with him on that. Tell me how many rappers, even singers, use their own drums, saxophone, piano, trumpet, etc to make their own music, and create their own music. Not just mix some old hit up and make it sound catchy at the club where 95% of the people won't even know that they are mixing an old tune.

  • Anonymous

    It's funny how Lil Wayne had to pay his son 2 million.

  • Anonymous

    The reason why Quincy is mad is because michael jackson was about to sign to ymcmb before he died and quincy requested to work with wayne. Michael wanted nothing to do with jones and neither did wayne.

  • Anonymous

    it just goes to show... no matter how great a musical icon someone might be, eventually they just another old man

    • Anonymous

      lol get outta here. his music stand the test of time, that's the only reason his age is a factor. tell me when ppl are bumping ur favorite rap track from 2014, in 2064.

  • Anonymous

    Jones is just mad because wayne won't let quincy produce for him. BTW, DJ Khaled makes better music than him.

  • d-nucks

    In regards to the topic of music...when quincy jones speaks....SHUT THE FUCK UP AND LISTEN.

  • shuttaman

    I love Rashida Jones, so beautiful she is.

    • RSX

      The two best ethnicities to be

    • Anonymous

      Rashida is big headed but who cares about a thing she has to say.

    • Anonymous

      she's half Jewish and half African American, however, she despises the darker half of her soul...which is totally her right, and while she is indeed a nice looking woman....she's the epitome of lame to me...even her character portrayals are lame....

  • Skate off in ur jeggings u lame fuck

    Who listens to wayne these days nigga fell off wack as fuck. If u gonna listen to wayne carter 1 n 2 and dedication 1 n 2 is all you need

  • Anonymous

    Quincy went the Bill Cosby, Karl Malone,and Lord Jamar "Old Head Hater" route....

  • DAMN

    When the legendary "Thriller" producer himself Quincy Jones calls your music difficult to get used to and corny overall, that's it for you. The complete opposite of a cosign. Damn.

    • Anonymous

      im in my early 20s. im up to date on all the new hits. im telling you new music aint nothing like what quincy workin with. aint got a damn thing to do with age. most that stuff continues to stand the test of time forever. most of stuff coming out today will be outdated garbage next year.

    • J dirty

      Im in my 20s and I could tell ya.... All this new music in the mainstream circle bloooooows.These lil kids just worry about whats new and popular.Quality means nothing in 2014

    • Anonymous

      hes an old man no one expects him to understand new music

  • Anonymous

    Lol quincy kanyed kanye

  • DETROIT SLIM

    A producer has to have some sort of skills that enable him to be a producer. It's totally different to know what to do with 16 woodwinds you know from piccolos down to bass clarinet. It's a whole different mindset. No comparison. None." LOL AMEN! I wish the rest of these weak ass niggas like puff,kangaye,gaythoven would realize that shit before callin themselves 'producers' n shit. Every lil nigglet think they a producer now just cause they got FL n some plug ins

  • Anonymous

    techno lol....techno is more popular in europe, i think he meant edm or dubstep (skrillex is fucking wack btw)

  • prez

    "to sell all sorts of things such as tyres, clothes and alcohol." Tyres you dumb fuck? Tyres?? Hire a 10 year old kid, they'd probably edit their articles better than you Andre

    • Anonymous

      such vile insults dont mean shit coming from a faceless commenter. oh u think im gonna get my feelings hurt when someone couldnt even do that to me in person. lol ok

    • Andres

      Firstly, it's Andres, not Andre, you dumb internet fuck boy. Secondly, fuck you, fuck you crackhead mama and your deadbeat father for giving birth to such an illiterate bastard, fuck your whorish sister turning tricks for every tom, dick, and harry, and fuck your retarded ass brother.

    • DEADPREZ

      Who's the dumbfuck. Research your shit before you talk shit

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