Legendary producer Quincy Jones is not a Swifty.

Legendary producer Quincy Jones is not a Swifty.

Jones is no stranger to crafting some of music’s biggest records of all time, including producing Michael Jackson’s albums Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad. He knows what makes a song good, and what makes one great.

Speaking with GQ, Jones opened up about working with Frank Sinatra, having 22 girlfriends(!!!) and his admiration for artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Drake, Mary J. Blige, and Jennifer Hudson.

The interviewer brings up Taylor Swift, arguably the best-selling artist on the planet right now, and things take a turn. He says Swift has bad songs and we’re all fools for thinking otherwise.

Here’s a copy + paste excerpt from the article. You can read the full thing here.

GQ: But, say, Taylor Swift, I guess, is the biggest pop star on the planet in terms of sales right now and this week is about to sell over a million copies of her new album. Do you like her?

Jones makes a face, somewhere between disapproval and disdain.

GQ: What’s wrong with it?

Quincy Jones: “We need more songs, man. F—ing songs, not hooks.”

GQ: Some people consider her the great songwriter of our age. He laughs.

Quincy Jones: “Whatever crumbles your cookie.”

GQ: What’s missing?

Quincy Jones: “Knowing what you’re doing. You know what I mean? Since I was a little kid, I’ve always heard the people that don’t wanna do the work. It takes work, man. The only place you find success before work is the dictionary, and that’s alphabetical.”

GQ: So if you were producing a record for Taylor Swift, what would you have her do?

Quincy Jones: “I’ll figure something out. Man, the song is the s–t—that’s what people don’t realize. A great song can make the worst singer in the world a star. A bad song can’t be saved by the three best singers in the world. I learned that 50 years ago.”

GQ: Plenty of people talk as though Taylor Swift has great songs.

Quincy Jones: “But they don’t know, man. They don’t know. I’ve come and gone through seven decades of this s–t. Seen all that. Seen how that works. Ignorance is no thing.”

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3 Responses

  1. I do NOT like TS, but no one can say she doesn’t work. She’s also on every detail of everything she does. So maybe you can say she still has a way to go, but she’s definitely a hard worker and she BREATHES her music and lyrics. So maybe we should let her perfect her talent… like I’m sure Quincy had to do with his own work too. Do not tell me he’s been great from the start because that’s ********. And he sounds condescending, which is a sign of immaturity, and he doesn’t give reasons to back his statement up, so whatever, keep complaining old man…

  2. Her song writing is very elementary he didn’t lie….he never diss her star power but he was right bout the song writing ??‍♂️ influential is a bit of a reach tho lol there’s way better female songwriters who can slay her

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