Q Bossa Nostra

Maybe you should put the glass down, sir.

Note: Today’s entry was originally written for the official publication of the Chicago Chapter of the Grammy University Network, titled The Wednesday Word, which is available for viewing at Grammy365.com.

Quincy Jones is officially old and senile, or he has just simply lost all his damn sense. Why the harsh words, you ask? As if the piping hot mess that was “We Are the World 25” wasn’t enough, (I don’t have the time nor the space to mention everything that was wrong with that idea alone, nevertheless the actual recording) his latest project, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, released yesterday, is a series of remakes of some of Jones’ best work. The first single from this album is a cover of one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs “P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)”, from the classic Thriller album. This cover featues Robin Thicke and none other than, ….wait for it…… T-PAIN!  T-Pain does not belong on any type of tribute album unless it is to Roger Troutman or Devante Swing of Jodeci. Quincy Jones and T-Pain collectively spit while doing the A-Town stomp, followed by an hour of P90X on Michael Jackson’s grave with this recording.

To top it all off, Quincy Jones told Rap-Up.com that he has “never seen so many haters in his life.” Sir: you are SEVENTY-SEVEN years old, your age, along with the fact that you are now involved in the business of ruining R&B classics, prohibits you from using any type of slang- particularly when it’s used to bash others who see the extreme error of your ways.

T-Pain was even featured on Kanye West’s 2008 single, “The Good Life,” which samples P.Y.T. Why couldn’t he just leave it as it is? But I can’t even be all that mad at him. Autotune is all that T-Pain knows, and it has yet to fail him.

Mr. Jones, however, should know MUCH better. If senior citizens can have their driving licenses taken away, then Quincy Jones needs to have his right to grant “artists,” such as T-Pain, permission to ruin perfectly good songs revoked as well. Kanye West, Monica, and Memphis Bleek are all artists who have tastefully sampled P.Y.T in past recordings- they all understood the old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” especially not with your autotune machine and the circus clown that is T-Pain. Hopefully enough “haters” like myself will come forward and complain in order to ensure that an injustice like this never happens again.

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