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Quincy Jones Threatens to Pull Out From Presenting With Common and Pharrell at 2016 Oscars

The music industry legend will ask the Academy for speaking time at this year's ceremony.

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Quincy Jones has had a long, contentious history with hip-hop dating back to its very beginnings, when he was an early advocate for the genre that he says he saw coming "20 years away." He's even had a close family connection; his daughter, Kidada, was engaged to Tupac at the time of the West Coast legend's murder in 1996, a relationship he has said he'd had to come to terms with. But in recent years, Q has distanced himself from hip-hop, generally disparaging rappers and drawing a line in the sand between himself and producers and artists of today.

That distinction was made clearer again over the weekend, when the legendary producer and arranger was asked about Lil Wayne and the current state of music. "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," he told The National. "I just can’t handle it."

Having taken shots at Kanye West, Diddy and the culture of hip-hop in general over the past decade, XXL compiled six instances of Quincy Jones voicing his displeasure at hip-hop as a genre. —XXL Staff
Quincy Jones has had a long, contentious history with hip-hop dating back to its very beginnings, when he was an early advocate for the genre that he says he saw coming "20 years away." He's even had a close family connection; his daughter, Kidada, was engaged to Tupac at the time of the West Coast legend's murder in 1996, a relationship he has said he'd had to come to terms with. But in recent years, Q has distanced himself from hip-hop, generally disparaging rappers and drawing a line in the sand between himself and producers and artists of today.

That distinction was made clearer again over the weekend, when the legendary producer and arranger was asked about Lil Wayne and the current state of music. "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," he told The National. "I just can’t handle it."

Having taken shots at Kanye West, Diddy and the culture of hip-hop in general over the past decade, XXL compiled six instances of Quincy Jones voicing his displeasure at hip-hop as a genre. —XXL Staff
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Quincy Jones’ 6 Most Anti-Hip-Hop Quotes

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Quincy Jones Is Not A Fan Of Lil Wayne

Music icon Quincy Jones, who has worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Oprah, recently did a Q+A with The National and revealed his take on the current music landscape

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Rashida Jones Calls Out Nicki Minaj For Raunchy Image

Earlier this year, Rashida Jones made headlines in October when she told the women of the industry "to stop acting like whores" (as indicated in her viral hashtag) and step up their standards...

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Big K.R.I.T. Is Creating A Planet Called ‘Cadillactica’ For His New Album

Big K.R.I.T. is on a journey through this music industry, and he's just getting started. The up and coming Mississippi rapper/producer (and 2011 XXL Freshman) has made a big splash in the past few years on the strength of his mixtapes (King Remembered In Time being a particular highlight), guest appearances (don't sleep on his "Make My" verse from The Roots' undun, or his scene-stealing display on A$AP Rocky's "1Train") and his debut album for Def Jam, last year's Live From The Underground...

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Quincy Jones Criticizes Diddy: “He Couldn’t Recognize a B-Flat If it Hit Him”

The music genius respects Diddy's marketing muscle, but no so much his technical knowledge of music...

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Production Credit: Detail

Lil Wayne's favorite new producer speaks to XXL about the criticism "How to Love" received, being the next Quincy Jones and joining the Young Money/Cash Money team...

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Tech N9ne: Blood Sweat ‘N’ Gears [Excerpt From the June 2011 Issue]

Suddenly embraced by rap royalty, Kansas City’s Tech N9ne stands on the verge of mainstream stardom. Read an excerpt from the June 2011 feature story...

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T.I., Wiz Khalifa & Quincy Jones Link With B.o.B for No Genre Mixtape

XXLMag.com reveals the feature artists to appear on Bobby Ray's forthcoming mixtape...

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Quincy Jones, “Success Comes Before Work Only in the Dictionary.”

A reintroduction to the real boss of all bosses...

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