Legendary musician Quincy Jones may be 84 years old, but he feels like he's just getting started. The famed producer/composer/instrumentalist in turn recently sat down with Chris Heath for an intense GQ profile, appearing in the publication's February issue.
During the conversation, Jones dished on everything from his friendships with Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra, to his 22 girlfriends, growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the '30s, today's musical talent, and more.
As could be expected — seeing as Jones has been in contact with virtually every iconic figure of the past 60 years — he provided insane insight and a slew of quotables. For that, we've thus pulled the most headline-worthy statements by Quincy from his GQ interview.
After getting a look at the quotes below, be sure to follow on over to GQ for the entire piece. The February issue is on newsstands now.
On Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra:
"Them motherfuckers invented partying."
On Marilyn Monroe:
"Frank was always trying to hook me up with Marilyn Monroe, but Marilyn Monroe has a chest that looked like pears, man."
On his 22 girlfriends:
“Cape Town. Cairo. Stockholm — she’s coming in next week. Brazil — Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, and Rio. Shanghai — got a great girl over there from Shanghai, man. Cairo, whew.”
On his daughters giving him new age ranges for dating:
“Well, my daughters gave me new numbers, because they kept saying, ‘Dad, you can’t go out with girls younger than us.’ I said, ‘Y’all are not young anymore …’ So the new numbers are 28 to 42. They gave them to me.”
On growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the '30s:
"They took a switchblade knife and nailed my hand to the fence."
On his current favorite artists:
"I love Kendrick Lamar, I love Bruno Mars, I love Drake, I love Ludacris, I love Common. Mary J. Blige. Jennifer Hudson."
On Taylor Swift:
"We need more songs, man. Fucking songs, not hooks." What's missing from Swift's songs? "Knowing what you're doing."
On Michael Jackson's pets, Muscles (boa constrictor) and Bubbles (chimp):
“Oh, [Muscles] scared me to death, man. I ain’t gonna lie. And the chimpanzee, whatever the fuck it was, he was a pain in the ass. He bit Rashida. My poor baby.”
On buying drugs from Malcolm X:
“Shit, everybody in the band bought it! The junkies used to call cocaine ‘girl’ and heroin ‘boy.’ That’s because they said cocaine would take you from your woman.”
“I always get in trouble, you know. My daughter Kidada calls me LL QJ — Loose Lips.”
On what he's currently working on:
"I've never been this busy in my life. We're doing ten movies, six albums, four Broadway shows, two networks, business with the president of China, intellectual property. It's unbelievable, man."
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