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Kanye West Is Nothing Like Quincy Jones, Says Quincy Jones

And, should you ever speak with Quincy Jones, suggest otherwise only at your own risk. The legendary producer set the record straight regarding their lack of similarities while speaking to a reporter who said, not so inaccurately, "West is similar to you in that he's the producer everybody wants to work with in the last decade ... " Jones interrupted,


"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."


So, the reporter continued, "What do you think of [Kanye]." Jones replied with a plug for Ludacris:


"I don't think about him much. He's a great rapper, but there are a lot of good rappers. I just did The View with Ludacris, who's one of my favorites. He's a beautiful human being and college educated. I joke with him and say, 'How did 'Move Bitch Get Out The Way' come out of you?' But I was raised around the Mafia when I was a kid in Chicago in the 30s. Chicago's rough. I'm from the streets, I know what's up!"

Quincy Jones Lashes Out At Kanye West [RS]