Quincy Jones has issued an apology for publicly dissing the cover T-Pain released of the Michael Jackson classic “P.Y.T.”
During Jones’ now notorious Vulture interview where the legendary producer spilled all kinds of tea about the likes of James Baldwin, Richard Pryor, Marvin Gaye, and Paul McCartney, he also said that T-Pain didn’t rise to the occasion when re-recording the song with Robin Thicke for the 2010 tribute album, Soul Bossa Nostra.
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‘‘Look, you got to make the music better than we did on the originals,” Jones said about T-Pain’s cover. “That didn’t happen.” “T-Pain, man, he didn’t pay attention to the details.”
Not long after the interview was published, Jones reached out to T-Pain to make amends.
“He actually DMed me immediately after that came out and he just explained to me that he’s … just old,” T-Pain told Andy Cohen on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live earlier this week. “He said, ‘Look man sometimes I just get in my age and I just babble on about what I know.’ So I accepted his apology.”
T-Pain didn’t allow the insult to have an impact on his professional admiration for Jones. “I never lost any respect for him, I just didn’t know why he went like that with it,” he said.
After that whole ordeal, don’t expect T-Pain to cover any songs Jones produced anytime soon.
“I don’t want to remake any of your past records because I know I’m gonna f*ck it up,” the rapper tweeted.
For the record I told my managers (at the time) and I told @QuincyDJones in his face “I don’t want to remake any of your past records because I know I’m gonna fuck it up. I’ll never be able to reach the greatest of MJ” it took them hours to pump me up to even go in the booth 1/2