Music mogul Quincy Jones has stepped forward to clarify recent remarks he made about Kanye West and said despite speculation, he was not trying to take shots at the rapper’s image.
Writing via a statement, Jones said he has the upmost respect for Yeezy’s craft.
“I have nothing but respect for my little brother Kanye and what he has achieved in his young career and I look forward to watching his evolution as an artist. There is a reason why we put him on the new We Are The World 25 for Haiti – he’s a great rapper. But having been in the music business for more than 60 years and having been fortunate to accomplish what I have over that time, it’s not unreasonable to put a comparison of Kanye at this time in his career and myself into the proper perspective. This is not dissing Kanye, this is simply trying to express that I’m not a rapper! I don’t need to take anyone else’s props away from them. Let’s all just try and keep the record straight.” (Third Age)
In his original remarks, Jones stated Ye’s career cannot be considered comparable this early in the rapper’s life.
“No way,” Jones responded when an interviewed said West was similar to him being one of the most sought-after producers in the past 10 years. “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.” (US Magazine)
In addition to guiding the careers of late pop superstar Michael Jackson and soul singer Aretha Franklin, Jones’ run in the music industry spans over 60 years.
In a musical career that has spanned six decades, Quincy Jones has earned his reputation as a renaissance man of American music. Joneshas distinguished himself as a bandleader, a solo artist, a sideman, a songwriter, a producer, an arranger, a film composer, and a record label executive, and outside of music, he’s also written books, produced major motion pictures, and helped create television series. And a quick look at a few of the artists Jones has worked with suggests the remarkable diversity of his career — Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Lesley Gore, Michael Jackson, Peggy Lee, Ray Charles, Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin. (All Music)
Jones’ new compilation album Q Soul Bossa Nostra landed on the sales chart last week.
Music pioneer Quincy Jones’ Q Soul Bossa Nostra debuted on the chart at No. 86. With a week to his name, the collaboration project has shelled out 6,700 copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out some recent footage of Quincy Jones below: