Quincy Jones has been around for essentially as long as the modern music industry has existed, so he’s had plenty of time to cultivate plenty of opinions based on plenty of experience. In a new interview with GQ, the legend, who turns 85 in March, shared a particularly hot take: He doesn’t think Taylor Swift is that good.
Although his responses were somewhat vague or roundabout, Jones was crystal clear in saying that he thinks Swift writes hooks, as opposed to songs:
“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.
What’s wrong with it?
‘We need more songs, man. F-cking songs, not hooks.’
Some people consider her the great songwriter of our age.
He laughs. ‘Whatever crumbles your cookie.'”