Quincy Jones Vs. Kanye West Is A Real Debate Fans Are Having Right Now

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I would watch the livestream in a heartbeat.

Livestream battles between producers and songwriters (along with DJ sets) has become highly-anticipated entertainment amid the COVID-19 (2019 coronavirus) pandemic. So far we’ve seen Timbaland go up against Swizz Beatz; The Dream versus Sean Garrett; and now Ne-Yo versus Johnta Austin.

READ: Quincy Jones Lists His Five Favorite Living Legends In An Interview w/Masego

But it was inevitable that — at some point — someone would call for a match-up that doesn’t make any sense because the parties involved aren’t even comparable to each other. A dream battle that, yes, you would absolutely watch, but solely because of how ridiculous it is that these two people are actually being pitted against each other.

Well, we have Twitter user DJ Green Villain to thank for inciting what has surely been one of the most amusing and baffling music debates in recent history, when he argued that Quincy Jones‘ production isn’t better than Kanye West‘s production. The initial tweet that started it all came some time on Sunday night (it has since been deleted), but there are still a few tweets around that show Green Villain’s preference for West over Jones. (Including one where declares that the production of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is better than Thriller.)

Ultimately, Green Villain then made a call for a Kanye versus Quincy production battle.

“I’m puttin’ money up on it. If you not gonna go song for song for money, stop mentioning me,” he tweeted.

Since then, a number of people — even Chuck D — have chimed in on the debate that began with Green Villain, resulting in Quincy Jones becoming a trending topic.

At the very least, we can all appreciate that Green Villain’s unanimously disliked hot take served as a brief distraction from that “coronavirus III” topic that is also trending. (Rest assured, there is no third coronavirus — it’s just the name of comedian John Oliver’s latest video speaking on Trump’s handling of the virus.)


Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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