T-Pain Responds to Quincy Jones Interview: ‘I Don’t Know Why We Didn’t Hold the Song’
Yesterday, legendary producer/composer Quincy Jones gave another explosive interview, this time with Vulture, that touched on everything from who really killed Kennedy, to Marlon Brando's sexual exploits with Marvin Gaye and Richard Pryor (which was later collaborated by Pryor's ex-wife), to his thoughts on new artists like Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper.
When asked about one mistake he's learned from, Jones replied his 2010 album,Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, an album that was meant as a tribute to his legacy but ended up not going over well at all. Jones specifically called out T-Pain, who had a hand in re-imagining Michael Jackson's massive 1982 hit, "P.Y.T." with Robin Thiicke.
"I was not in favor of doing it, but the rappers wanted to record something as a tribute to me, where they’d do versions of songs that I’d done over my career. I said to them, 'Look, you got to make the music better than we did on the originals.' That didn’t happen. T-Pain, man, he didn’t pay attention to the details," Jones said.
Of course, T-Pain caught wind of the article, because you had to be under a rock yesterday to have missed that interview, and has since responded, saying he didn't care for the song either.
"For the record I told my managers (at the time) and I told Quincy Jones in his face 'I don’t want to remake any of your past records because I know I’m gonna fuck it up," he wrote on Twitter yesterday. " I’ll never be able to reach the greatest of MJ.' It took them hours to pump me up to even go in the booth and I still hated it when I came out of the booth. Then the song came out and it was even worse than it sounded in the studio. This is legit one of the reasons I don’t work with the managers I had anymore because if I said I was uncomfortable doing something they didn’t care."
But then T-Pain also says that being real, Quincy seems to be mad at the world right now.
"But also to be real. It just seems like Quincy Jones is pissed off at the whole world," he wrote. "I have nothing but respect for the guy so I don’t know why we didn’t hold the song or tell me exactly what he wanted when I kept taking the headphones off begging for direction from the God."
Some would argue Jones doesn't seem "pissed off" at al—but rather like he's done away with filters. At any rate, the interviews have been incredibly enlightening and entertaining from a man who has single-handedly directed the course of pop culture for more than than 30 years.
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