Chances are you’re still talking about the wild interview Quincy Jones did with Vulture, and how he revealed everything from Michael Jackson stealing song ideas to Marlon Brando‘s many affairs (including famed comedian Richard Pryor and author James Baldwin).
Included in that conversation was Jones speaking on his displeasure of his last album, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, which featured a number of rappers doing versions of songs he did throughout his career. Jones didn’t hold back his dissatisfaction with the project, specifically calling out T-Pain‘s cover of “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).”
“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,” Jones said. “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.”
Now, T-Pain has spoken out against Jones’ comments.
“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. 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,” T-Pain tweeted.
“But also to be real. It just seems like Quincy Jones is pissed off at the whole world,” the artist continued. “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.”
Now all we have to ask is: What tea will Jones be spilling next?