Ad 81 anni si può definirlo un “mostro sacro” della musica, capace nella sua carriera di produrre ed arrangiare grandissimi artisti come Michael Jackson, Ray Charles e tante altre icone del passato. Quincy Jones non ha bisogno di presentazioni: appartiene ad altri anni ed ad altra musica, perciò è difficile immaginarlo vicino ai suoni che occupano le radio e le tendenze di oggi. In questa occasione, durante un’intervista, esprime la sua difficoltà ad abituare le orecchie a certa musica, come quella di Lil Wayne ad esempio, soprattutto se si è cresciuti ascoltando Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald e Aretha Franklin. Come poterlo biasimare..
“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. [...] I just can’t handle it. There are some good singers out there. Mary J Blige can sing, so can Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera. I know who they are. I also know who they aren’t, too. [...] Music has gone so far down lately because everyone is going after the money. People are making songs to sell all sorts of things such as tires, clothes and alcohol. When you go after the money, God walks out of the room, trust me. I never went out after the fame and money. I was just doing what I loved and the money came. You gotta do what you love and really believe in it because that is your truth. I plan to stay like that.[...] I don’t like techno at all. That’s just noise. I can try it because there is nothing to it but I just don’t think there is anything to learn from it. Now all these DJs are making more money than rock groups. They don’t even need bands anymore. People such as Skrillex and those guys get half a million to a million dollars a show all over the world from Las Vegas to Brazil. As a musician it is extremely frustrating. Because that’s just music to sell products.”