Quincy Jones, the veteran musician/producer/composer/arranger, is at an ideal point in his career—the sweet spot when you can sit down for sprawling interviews and talk shit about everyone, alive or dead, at any given moment. He’s seen it all, at age 84, and says “motherfucker” more than anyone this side of Samuel L. Jackson. You can bet that every public conversation from here on out will count as a major event.
On Wednesday, Vulture’s David Marchese (who recently conducted a bonkers interview with Erykah Badu) spoke with Jones. It’s a real trip to read, with reactive questioning and just the right amount of probing to get Jones to slalom through a lifetime of industry gossip with absolutely no fucks given about potential blowback.
Here’s an incomplete glossary of everyone Quincy Jones has something to say about:
Michael Jackson: “He was as Machiavellian as they come. Greedy, man. Greedy.”
Marlon Brando: “Brando used to go cha-cha dancing with us. He could dance his ass off. He was the most charming motherfucker you ever met. He’d fuck anything. Anything! He’d fuck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.”
Bill Cosby: “We can’t talk about this in public, man.”
The Beatles: “They were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherfuckers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it.”
Donald Trump: “He’s a crazy motherfucker. Limited mentally—a megalomaniac, narcissistic. I can’t stand him.”
Ivanka Trump: “She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.”
Oprah: “I don’t think she should run. She doesn’t have the chops for it.”
Jimi Hendrix: “He was supposed to play on my album and he chickened out. He was nervous to play with Toots Thielemans, Herbie Hancock, Hubert Laws, Roland Kirk—those are some scary motherfuckers.”