The Five Wildest Things We Learned From Quincy Jones’ Interviews
Everyone is still processing the bombshells legendary music producer Quincy Jones has been dropping in his recent interviews with Vulture and GQ Magazine over the past couple of weeks. Many of us are waiting and begging for MORE while some have become angry with Jones spilling everyone else's tea but his own. My thoughts are this: If you've seen and been through everything Jones has been through and make it to the ripe old age of 84, TELL YOUR STORY.
And Jones is doing just that as he plans to turn 85, according to GQ, a Netflix documentary, a prospective ten-part TV biopic he hopes will star Donald Glover and a star-studded TV event on CBS are in the plans. But first we have to digest all these stories he's sharing and that a few folks close to Jones and the people he's talking about have confirmed. Here are 5 of the WILDEST stories he's shared so far:
We all figured that the Prince/MJ rivalry was a figment of our own imagination, but in the GQ interview, Jones pretty much confirmed that Prince and MJ really didn't get down with each other after a James Brown show in 1983 where both were called up on stage by the Godfather of Soul.
It was just very obvious what the hell happened—made a damn fool out of himself (referring to Prince). Michael went up there, in 40 seconds, sang I love you I love you. Then they went up-tempo and he did a little dance and did the moonwalk and whispered in [James Brown's] ear, 'Call Prince up—I dare him to follow me.' He (Prince) waited in the limousine to try and run over him (Michael Jackson) and La Toya and his mother." - Quincy Jones via GQ Magazine
One of the biggest bombshells Jones dropped was the story of Marlon Brando and legendary comedian Richard Pryor hooking up. He told Vulture:
He was the most charming motherfucker you ever met. He’d f**k anything. Anything! He’d f**k a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye. - Quincy Jones via Vulture
Well, Richard's last wife Jennifer confirmed the story with TMZ and she went on to say that the comedian openly talked about his bisexuality with friends and wrote about it in his dairies that she plans to release later on this year.
Jones was an invited guest to a dinner party at the home of Sharon Tate in 1969, the very night Tate and 5 other guests were murdered by killers under the instruction of Charles Manson in one of the infamous mass murders in American history. Jones missed the party because he forgot about it.
You feel blessed that somehow you forgot, or whatever. Jesus Christ. Ain't never forget that. That's the Ghetto Gump s**t. Life is a trip, man. Life is a trip." - Quincy Jones via GQ Magazine
When asked by Vulture "What's something you wish you didn't know?" Jones answered simply "Who Killed Kennedy":
(Chicago mobster Sam) Giancana. The connection was there between Sinatra and the Mafia and Kennedy. Joe Kennedy — he was a bad man — he came to Frank to have him talk to Giancana about getting votes. - Quincy Jones via Vulture
The late great Tupac Shakur once said some nasty things about Jones in an interview in 1993 according to GQ. The rapper said "Quincy Jones is disgusting. All he does is stick his d**k in white b****es and make f**ked-up kids." Jones would later run into Shakur and the two would make amends and Tupac even dated Jones daughter for a while.
He was hitting on her—he changed his mind now, you know? And I went over the back of the seat and did like that on his shoulders: 'Pac!' " Jones acts out grabbing hold of Tupac from behind. "And then I said, 'Come here, motherfucker, I've got to talk to you.' And we went and talked, and after that we hugged and made up." - Quincy Jones via GQ Magazine