Quincy Jones has sold enough records to have an opinion on everything. During a recent interview with Canadian
radio station CBC, Jones criticized the recent Michael Jackson album Xscape, describes Vibe Magazine as a “disaster” and more. In 1993, Quincy Jones founded Vibe Magazine and 20 years later, Vibe Magazine was sold to Spin Media and reduced to a quarterly release instead of its usual monthly release. According to one of the most accomplished musicians ever, the magazine was not one of his best moments:
Vibe was a disaster. I let it be in the hands of somebody else. That doesn’t work. It was terrible.
The accomplished composer claims growing up in Chicago he “saw a dead body everyday” and had gangster life aspirations growing up. Ironically, the self-proclaimed “baby gangster” was able to turn one night of crime on the town into the start of the most illustrious producing career ever:
We had the city covered. We were baby gangsters. We had all the stores. Working all the stores. Steal boxes of honey. This was during [World War II] in the 40s. The Armory were our recreational center, but it was also an armory for the military. We went in there and we ate up all of the lemon pie. Ate the ice cream, had pie fights and everything else. Then we walked around and broke in the rooms and so forth. I walked in one room, saw piano in the dark, I closed the door and something said ‘go back in that room.’
Jones reveals that Jackson and himself went through “900 songs to get Thriller. To get nine songs.” After stating that he disapproves of the new L.A. Reid executive produced Xscape album, Jones states that “it’s none of our business” due to the multiple parties involved with monetary interests:
They’re trying to make money. And I understand it. Everybody’s after money, the estate, the lawyers. It’s about money.
Check out Quincy Jones full interview with CBC here.