Even with a 4.5 Cig-rated album, the biggest buzz of his career and a hot new girlfriend, Kanye West still can’t lay claims to the producer’s throne just yet. That is, according to Quincy Jones. A man who has justified say-so in the matter. In a recent interview with US Magazine, the legendary maestro not only rejected any comparison to Mr. West’s accomplishments to that of his own, he basically copped a squat and shat on Hip-Hop as a whole.
Us: Kanye West is similar to you in that he’s the producer everybody wants to work with in the last decade …
QJ: How man? No way. 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.
“I’d appreciate it if people didn’t take my comments about Kanye West ( @KanyeWest ) or anyone else for that matter out of context to contrive a story. 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.” – Quincy D. Jones – 11/22/2010
Sounds like half-baked backpedaling to me. QJ is the numero uno but he’s also up there in age, so you can guarantee that the filter on his words is thinning like his hair. Oh, why can’t they just let Kanye be great?
Spotted @ Stereogum