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.
“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.”
— Timbaland (@Timbaland) January 10, 2022
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.
MERCURY RECORDS ERA
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”.
Y’all lack of knowledge is gonna leave Quincy Jones and his historical career from the beginning ALONE !!!
His refusal to do the Chitterling circuit is how folks began to really eat ! 🙄💋 #BougieAF
— YTube_BougieAF (@IM_Bougie_AF) January 13, 2022
Timbaland, take this down! Quincy Jones was the first Black Oscar nominee in 1967 & 1968 for Best Original Songs. And in 1971, the first Black band director for the show. He was doing very well before the 80s. Leave Mr. @QuincyDJones alone.
— AC (@AC100201) January 11, 2022
He produced Off The Wall, Thriller, and Bad. Why would he need to show that he could produce anything bigger? Those are pelts on his wall. Let it go sparky.
— Darrell Coleman (@DarrellColema20) January 13, 2022
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.
— u n d a (@undaworldbkk) January 10, 2022
Yeah I was going to say
Quincy Jones spent the entire 1970’s forming what is now known as “Pop music that ISN’T garbage”
Not like he was loading trucks with his uncle and once day met Michael at the dock
— Devil Dog, Esq. (@RomanticBallad) January 10, 2022
This is a man who thinks he doesn't have to credit the orginal artists because he didn't sample and rework their music he went and recreated the sound from scratch
— Marquis (@IAmQuisB) January 11, 2022