Quincy Jones Says He 'Can't Stand' Trump, Dated Ivanka

Legendary music producer gives off-the-wall interview
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2018 2:24 PM CST
Quincy Jones Talks Trump, Music, More in Off-the-Wall Interview
Quincy Jones arrives at the Secret Genius Awards at Vibiana on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

"All I've ever done is tell the truth," Quincy Jones says in an off-the-wall interview with Vulture. "I've got nothing to be scared of, man." Among the self-proclaimed truths told by the legendary music producer: he dated Ivanka Trump 12 years ago, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen "sings and plays just like Hendrix," and everything he's ever done was innovative. "The experiences I've had!" the 84-year-old Jones says. "You almost can't believe it!" Here's what Jones had to say on the Trumps, rock music, Hillary Clinton, and much more:

  • On Michael Jackson: "Michael stole a lot of stuff. He stole a lot of songs ... He was as Machiavellian as they come ... Greedy, man."
  • On Hillary Clinton: "When you keep secrets, they backfire ... This is something else I shouldn’t be talking about ... I know too much, man."
  • On rock music: "Rock ain’t nothing but a white version of rhythm and blues, [expletive]. You know, I met Paul McCartney when he was 21."
  • On the Beatles: "That they were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing [expletive]. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it."
  • On the state of the US: "We’re the worst we’ve ever been, but that’s why we’re seeing people try and fix it. Feminism: Women are saying they’re not going to take it anymore. Racism: People are fighting it. God is pushing the bad in our face to make people fight back."

  • On President Trump: "I used to hang out with him. He’s a crazy [expletive]. Limited mentally—a megalomaniac, narcissistic. I can’t stand him."
  • On Ivanka Trump: "I used to date Ivanka ... She’s a fine [expletive]. She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though."
  • On jazz: "People gave it up to chase money. When you go after Cîroc vodka and Phat Farm and all that [expletive], God walks out of the room."
  • On modern pop music: "It’s just loops, beats, rhymes, and hooks. What is there for me to learn from that? There ain’t no [expletive] songs."
  • On Marlon Brando: "He could dance his ass off. He was the most charming [expletive] you ever met. He’d [expletive] anything. Anything! He’d [expletive] a mailbox."
Read the full interview here for a few of the modern musicians Jones does think are doing good work. (More Quincy Jones stories.)

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