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Timbaland Outrages Social Media Over Quincy Jones & Thriller

LEGENDS & ICONS OF MUSIC - Kevin Douglas Post

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Timbaland has won a lot of fans over with his Verzuz platform, but his Quincy Jones motivational speech not so much, as he unknowingly disrespects his legacy.

Quincy Jones has been a successful icon in the music world for multiple decades and Timbaland put his foot in his mouth recently on social media and hip hop media concerning the legend.

Timbaland tweeted that Quincy Jones got his biggest hit at age 50 by producing Michael Jackson’s 1982 album Thriller. For music historians, this claim is grossly inaccurate.

“Quincy Jones started producing when he was a teenager but he didn’t get his big hit ‘Thriller’ until he was 50 years old…You never know when your big break will come so never give up.”

The truth of the matter is Quincy Jones learned at a very young age from the veterans before him. The men who laid the groundwork for urban music today. The composing experience was grounded from the start.  His foundation comes from the school of future icons Ray Charles, Clark Terry, and Lionel Hampton.


In 1961, Jones became Vice President of Mercury Records. This is decades before Timbaland made his first hit. This accolade made him the first black American producer to reach that accolade before the likes of Diddy in the 1990’s with Bad Boy Records.

During his tenure at the company, Jones discovered a 16-year-old singer from New Jersey named Lesley Gore. He would help produce the hit single “It’s My Party,” in 1963 that got the top spot on the Billboard 100 and has been sung by different generations since.

After his stint at Mercury Records, Jones would move on to become a film composer. Today there isn’t that many, but back then it was even slimmer the amount of black composers in the field. He would find success for decades and write scores for over 30 films. Jones would become an Oscar nominated composer.

His television work includes the theme song for the classic sitcom, Sanford and Son, which starred the iconic Redd Foxx. He speaks about how that scenario came about in an interview with “Television Academy” and explains that he tried to get the rights to the show.

Of course, once educated music lovers found out about Timbaland’s tweet, they came for his head for having a lack of knowledge. What was originally intended for motivational purposes, turned out to be verbal thrashing online by fans. Check out the tweets below.

One Twitter user described Timbaland’s comment as “fake news. Quincy been had HITS before Thriller. Dude was a decorated and award winning musician, producer and arranger with hits way before. Of course, keep going and keep producing but this example is cap”.