Quincy Jones is turning 85 years old in March and has reached that age where he says and does whatever he wants. In a recent interview with Vulture the music legend spilled all the tea on some of your industry favorites. Here are a few excerpts:
Would your friend Oprah be a good president?
I don’t think she should run. She doesn’t have the chops for it. If you haven’t been governor of a state or the CEO of a company or a military general, you don’t know how to lead people. Note: he has an upcoming CBS special coming up hosted by Oprah coming up
I used to hang out with him. He’s a crazy mother*cker. Limited mentally — a megalomaniac, narcissistic. I can’t stand him. I used to date Ivanka, you know.
Yes, sir. Twelve years ago. Tommy Hilfiger, who was working with my daughter Kidada said, “Ivanka wants to have dinner with you.” I said, “No problem. She’s a fine motherf*cker.” She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.
What about the alleged behavior of a friend of yours like Bill Cosby? Is it hard to square what he’s been accused of with the person you know?
It was all of them. Brett Ratner. [Harvey] Weinstein. Weinstein — he’s a jive mother*cker. Wouldn’t return my five calls. A bully.
What about Cosby, though?
What about it?
Were the allegations a surprise to you?
We can’t talk about this in public, man.
What were your first impressions of the Beatles?
That they were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing mother*ckers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it.
On Richard Pryor’s sexuality
He [Marlon Brando] was the most charming mother*cker you ever met. He’d f*ck anything. Anything! He’d f*ck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.
He slept with them? How do you know that?
[Frowns.] Come on, man. He did not give a f*ck!
Richard Pryor’s widow, Jennifer confirms Quincy Jones’ story “It was the ’70s! Drugs were still good, especially quaaludes. If you did enough cocaine, you’d f*** a radiator and send it flowers in the morning.”
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