Quincy Jones is one of the most well-known music producers, musicians, and composers of all time, but now he can officially add "master of shade" to his long list of accomplishments.
He sat down with GQ for an interview on everything from his career to his childhood and where the music industry is heading now. He was quite...um, candid...with his responses. Mary J. Blige, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, and Kendrick Lamar were dubbed some of his favorite modern artists on the scene right now.
But once the interviewer asked him about Taylor Swift, he winced.
"We need more songs, man. Fucking songs, not hooks." the Emmy, Tony, and Oscar-winning producer said about the infamous singer-songwriter.
He was reminded that a lot of people consider Swift to be one of the greatest songwriters of our generation.
And his response?
"Whatever crumbles your cookie." he said. Someone write that down because we need to start using that when we want to spill some tea!
Some people are agreeing with the music producer and his opinions on T. Swift:
Jones > Swift— embrace the power of the #superbluebloodmoon (@strangexelusive) January 30, 2018
end of story.
Others are claiming his argument to be hypocritical, arguing that his most well-known work (i.e. Thriller) is comprised of nothing but hooks:
I don't like when great people who've made masterpieces try to criticise younger artists. If her hooks works now, then that's fine!— Gashugi Cédron (@cedron_just) January 31, 2018
People were also quick to defend the chart-topping pop singer and her songwriting:
she wrote the majority of her early stuff completely by herself and it still connected to tons of people.— Sheryl The Crow : City of Angels (@morganyevans) January 30, 2018
he’s probably just not into her genre, taylor writes catchy songs with storytelling lyrics. that’s been her thing since she was as young as 16. critics have praised her her entire career. bruno mars is way more commercial than her and he’s a fan of his so— i stan good music (@taylorxlorde) January 30, 2018
Regardless, that cookie line was nothing short of legendary:
How will she take this criticism? Will it affect her reputation? No idea but we're certainly ready for it.