Quincy Jones Says He “Can’t Handle” Lil Wayne And Skrillex Is “Just Noise”

A legendary producer and one of music's most influential figures, Quincy Jones, recently linked up with The National to discuss his thoughts on the current state of hip-hop, the sentimental rewards that reap from discovering new talent and discuss how music today is more about selling products rather than creating quality sound:

Music has gone so far down lately because everyone is going after the money. People are making songs to sell all sorts of things such as tyres, clothes and alcohol. When you go after the money, God walks out of the room, trust me. I never went out after the fame and money. I was just doing what I loved and the money came. You gotta do what you love and really believe in it because that is your truth. I plan to stay like that.

Comparing his own musical era, which showcased artists like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson, to the musical era that we live in today, Jones noted that although there are good singers out there, there are figures in the industry who he simply can't wrap his head around.

Let’s get real, man. When you come from the era of Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, it gets hard to get used to Lil Wayne. I just can’t handle it. There are some good singers out there. Mary J Blige can sing, so can Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera. I know who they are. I also know who they aren’t, too.

Skrillex may have been granted a special mention, but it is the electronic music industry overall and the subsequent star status of the DJ that poses an issue to Jones, as these days a lone individual producer can gain more attention than entire rock groups.

I don’t like techno at all. That’s just noise. I can try it because there is nothing to it but I just don’t think there is anything to learn from it. Now all these DJs are making more money than rock groups. They don’t even need bands anymore. People such as Skrillex and those guys get half a million to a million dollars a show all over the world from Las Vegas to Brazil. As a musician it is extremely frustrating. Because that’s just music to sell products.

According to this article, electronic music is the only genre of 2014 that is currently on a significant rise, but you can share your own thoughts on the topic in the comments below.

Full interview: here.

By: Zahra Jamshed / News / April 8, 2014 / 3165 Views
  • MarvelAlexander

    "back in my day" smh sounds like hes hating to be honest. and i also dont think skrillex deserves all this ridicule he gets but thats just me.

  • UglyFrank

    Skrillex makes terrible music

  • MHWB

    Cannot hate on Skrillex. Whether its techno, dubstep, or whatever, the guy has an incredible ear for melody, and knows what hes doing with the levels of a song.

    Theres no reason we cant appreciate the Skrillexs', and the Ray Charles' at the same time.

    But also, our generation is pumping out Frank Oceans, Sam Smiths, James Blakes. Why is he crying?

  • KEN

    A RIDA.... WE COMIN Q.. WE COMIN... PLUS LISTEN TO TJ QUINCY HE BOUT TO SHIT ON THRILLER NO OFFENSE... LIKE SERIOUSLY PPL ARE STUPID, WAIT TILL NIGGAS COME OUT AND BUST SOME HEADS... FACT... YOU ALL SUCK INCLUDING OLDER PPL TOO BUT WE WONT NAME NAMES BECAUSE WE COOL, BUT YOULL NIGGAS REALLY THINK YOULL NICE CAUSE YOU FIGURED OUT HOW TO RAP... WELL SEE NIGGA WE SHALL SEE... SHOUT TO ME, FOR DOING THIS... HYPETRAK YOURE KINDA GAY NOW YOU DONT ACTUALLY SCOUT OUT TALENT,MOST OF THE SHIT YOU POST DONT NOBODY CARE ABOUT BECAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKE DRAKE, OR SOME OTHER FORM OF TRYING TO IMMITATE SOMEONE ELSE'S MUSIC... LIKE 2 PERCENT OF WHATS ON HERE IS THE LEAST BIT THOUGHT PROVOKING, AND IM STARTING TO THINK THATS HOW PPL WANT THINGS TO BE...

  • Hank Moody

    I see what he means because nowadays all these musicians look at themselves as a brand before anything else. And honestly that's the only way they can get ahead nowadays, it's just the time that we're living in.

  • Tweley

    Skrillex music caters to a certain crowd, same with Quincy.. he can't judge something he doesn't fully understand.

  • Jay

    fuck is tj quincy?

  • Reginald L. Williams Jr.

    IDK but apparently he's going to shit on THRILLER. Yo Ken link a brother to TJ Quincy since Hypetrak isn't scouting him.

  • RAPscallion

    Because he's too busy telling the neighborhood kids to get off his lawn

  • RAPscallion

    It sounds like he doesn't even remotely understand. Lil' Wayne isn't even hot right now yet he was Jones' go-to rapper when he referred to the current hip-hop industry

  • RAPscallion

    Skrillex is way more diverse than most people realize. I'm willing to bet you haven't heard half of Skrillex's catalog...

  • Robert Neems

    Yo this is Quincy Jones! The legend who helped create Legends like Michael Jackson. A true multi-instrumentalist, master of orchestration, and THEEE producer who influenced your favorite Hiphop/Rnb/pop/ producer. So i think he deserves much more than dismissal comments like, "why is he crying?", "he doesn't understand" "he's old". Like nah, show some more RESPECT for this man.
    Most of you complain that music isn't the same as is it used to be, and you praise artists who speak out against it, or make records opposing the cookie cutter, kool aid garbage we're fed on a daily, then now when a legend like Quincy states the obvious you want to BEAT HIM UP? It seems like You are the problem, don't blame anyone else but your sheep-like, easy-to-please, consuming Ass.
    Techno is just noise, Lil wayne is not the same (we everybody knows), and is alot of noise. Quincy ain't lyin.

    Peace

  • Robert Neems

    Yo this is Quincy Jones! The legend who helped create Legends like Michael Jackson. A true multi-instrumentalist, master of orchestration, and THEEE producer who influenced your favorite Hiphop/Rnb/pop/ producer. So i think he deserves much more than dismissal comments like, "why is he crying?", "he doesn't understand" "he's old". Like nah, show some more RESPECT for this man.
    Most of you complain that music isn't the same as is it used to be, and you praise artists who speak out against it, or make records opposing the cookie cutter, kool aid garbage we're fed on a daily, then now when a legend like Quincy states the obvious you want to BEAT HIM UP? It seems like You are the problem, don't blame anyone else but your sheep-like, easy-to-please, consuming Ass.
    Techno is just noise, Lil wayne is not the same (we everybody knows), and is alot of noise. Quincy ain't lyin.

    Peace

  • mikey

    let us not forget Skrillex's golden musical past....anyone remember him in from first to last?! hahahaha

  • http://www.gourmet-thoughts.tumblr.com abuseandres

    Robert knows what the fuck he's talking about.

    Fuck skrillex and his newports and his glasses and his beat drop-hair flips, fuck wayne and his neon green zebra print trukfit belts or his stupid ass watches. Fuck creative dilution, wayne can't even play a fucking guitar or even tre flip on the mini ramp.. Ya boy can't even kickflip and land bolts. Quincy is right, it's mostly a ploy to market shitty products. Last decent wayne verse I've heard was "abortion" from the Carter IV. And that was because it was mildly entertaining. There was no comprehensive lyrical fire like there was on Carter II or anything from the Mixtape Weezy.

    I won't even completely address skrillex as a musician. He is post american hardcore turned electronic dub step pop. His music falls somewhere in the is electronic silicon valley rich white trash genre, which is not ever to be mistaken with the deep dub-step and house music scene that passed away with Frankie Knuckles. And I don't even like any of that shit. But I know Skrillex is part of the fucked up halfbreed offspring of that era.

    Quincy is the man. Legendary and real. And in no way is "crying" or "hating". Listen to what my OG tells you. The mainstream commercial music industry is on the decline, which is why artists like Frank fall into the gaps that the industry creates. There is no more John Coltranes or Sam Cookes or Otis Reddings. There is no more Teena Maries or Rick James. We can't even get a decent rap album anymore, that isn't a blatant rip off of a classic album blueprint. This is why Kurt put that shotgun in his mouth.

  • Garrett Nutgrass

    Quincy is showing his age. Skrillex is not techno. Techno is amazing if you know about techno, know where to hear good techno, and you aren't worried about when your nurse is gonna come back in your room with lunch or you're busy watching the Price is Right religiously. Quincy you're a legend but you're a fool for some of these quotes.

  • RAPscallion

    Except when he says "techno" he's really referring to dubstep, house and other popular forms of electronic dance music. The term "techno" only applies to the actual genre of techno which, by nature, is a very underground genre.

    So you see, sir, both you and the legendary Quincy Jones honestly don't know what the hell y'all are talking about when you say "Techno is just noise" because you're not even talking about techno to begin with!
    Skrillex most likely has NEVER produced a song that could be classified as techno.

    It's unknowledgeable, self-righteous lames like you that have always told the kids their music is garbage. Catch up with the times.

  • kanye west

    sam smith james blake lol your joking right.

  • AdamBergkvist

    I am tired of people hating on the current state of music. I mean, if he really didn't like the current state of music why doesn't he do anything about it? Look at Pharrell, he stayed true to the roots of music and he's killing it. Why can't Quincy just make music and let it speak for itself.

    It's simple, either do music or don't speak. Especially when you are as talented as Quincy is.

  • qrct1

    smh seriously so many niggas out here thirstin for a deal die tryin. a real artist doesn't do it for money or fame. think back to 7.2 million years ago when a dude like Van Gogh paints for a living. you think he was doin it for tha #comeup? you think Van Gogh cut off his ear like that to get on WSHH or painted Starry Nights to pour champagne on bitches or take 40oz Van booty selfies? #NAH cuz Van Gogh was BOUT IT as fuckkkk! He a real hardcore ass nigga he was paintin that shit for love, fam. do it for love, bruh bruh.

  • Cameron Etc Lopez

    I bet you're really Kanye West.

  • kanye west

    if i was i would love james blake right

  • Joe Shmo

    The man produced off the wall, shut up and bow down. There will never be another Michael there will never be another Quincy. The rest of these niggas replaceable.

  • Elohino da Vinci

    Thank You Quincy!

  • Elohino da Vinci

    I agree, it's not my thing. If his music was more like Ratatat, then I'd fuck with it because at least they play instruments.

  • hook

    coming from the viewpoint of a music producer.. even if most techno sucks that doesn't mean it is just noise.... you do not even realize how much blood sweat and tears people put into making their "noise". He is clearly hating I mean cmonnnn.. whenever you start with the phrase "back in my day we didn't have..." YOU KNOW YOU ARE COMING FROM AND INCREDIBLY BIASED VIEWPOINT. simple as that. I do respect this man... I however don't respect people who refuse to accept change. I mean yes skrillexs music most of the time is an amalgamation of pig snorts and transformers having sex... but you do not know the first thing about his musical technical skill.. this guy is an EXPERT composer. Just because he chooses to outlet it in crappy music does NOT take away from the real musician that he is. DO NOT CHEAPEN ANY ARTISTS STRUGGLE, no matter how small or big... and as for his statement on the fact that everyone makes their music just to sell products is so hilariously ignorant I don't even know where to start.. Lil wayne is one of the only people I can see that is in it for the money... but as for skrillex (or people like skrillex) he chose to create his weird sound YEARS before any company decided they wanted to use his sound to market products to the youth of america. If you were actually informed about music you would know that dubstep or techno or any crappy music you hate has been around for so many years gaining almost 0 notice until as of late. There is so much more going on in the state of music today that your ignorant feeble mind has no idea about and anyone who lessens these people because they don't agree with their sound is a fool.. plain and simple