Entertainment mogul Quincy Jones has spoken out on speculated comparisons between himself and Kanye West, mentioning that their level of accomplishments aren’t equated as of yet.
Although Yeezy has won multiple Grammy awards and sold millions of albums, Jones pointed out why the G.O.O.D. Music leader has yet to reach mogul status.
“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)
Outside of Yeezy, Jones recently compared the late Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall and Thriller albums.
Commercial success aside, the general consensus is usually torn when it comes to picking the better MJ album. To let Quincy Jones tell it, “Wall” edges “Thriller” as Michael’s ultimate masterpiece. “I’m proud of both of them, don’t get me wrong,” Jones told BET.com. “But, we had musical bridges in ‘Off the Wall’ and a lot of things of that nature, ‘Thriller’ too, you know, it’s just different. But, I like all of them. Once you do them, you gotta like them.” Fans who favor “Off the Wall” often debate that it tells a more complete story than “Thriller.” “Absolutely, I’d agree with that,” Jones said. (BET)
Check out some recent Quincy Jones footage below: