Yesterday an interview was printed in US Magazine in which Quincy Jones dismissed any comparisons with himself and Kanye West. During the frank conversation, Quincy described himself as a versatile producer and said Kanye was “just a rapper” and that the two musicians were from different sides of the planet.
When told by the American publication that Kanye was similar to him, in the sense of being an in demand producer of his generation, the legendary producer responded with the following:
“How man? No way. Did he write for a symphony orchestra? Does he write for a jazz orchestra? Come on, man. He’s just a rapper. There’s no comparison. I’m not putting him down or making a judgement or anything, but we come from two different sides of the planet. I spent 28 years learning my first skill. I don’t rap. It’s not the same thing.
“A producer has to have some sort of skills that enable him to be a producer. It’s totally different to know what to do with 16 woodwinds you know from piccolos down to bass clarinet. It’s a whole different mindset. No comparison. None.”
No surprise these comments caused a bit of a stir when printed. Quincy immediately responded, saying he has the upmost respect for Mr. West and that his comments were taken out of context.
The 77-year-old released the following statement:
“I’d appreciate it if people didn’t take my comments about Kanye West (@KanyeWest ) or anyone else for that matter out of context to contrive a story. I have nothing but respect for my little brother Kanye and what he has achieved in his young career and I look forward to watching his evolution as an artist. “There is a reason why we put him on the new We Are The World 25 for Haiti – he’s a great rapper. But having been in the music business for more than 60 years and having been fortunate to accomplish what I have over that time, it’s not unreasonable to put a comparison of Kanye at this time in his career and myself into the proper perspective. “This is not dissing Kanye, this is simply trying to express that I’m not a rapper! I don’t need to take anyone else’s props away from them. Let’s all just try and keep the record straight.” – Quincy D. Jones – 11/22/2010