It seems safe to say the next Quincy Jones interview will surely be one for the books.
Yesterday, Twitter users did their weekly double-take when Quincy Jones‘ name popped up in the trending tab. At 88-years-old, many feared the worst for the legendary producer. But all were relieved to learn it wasn’t tragedy (in the conventional sense,) fueling the algorithm. Rather, Jones was blowing up on Twitter due to a case of false (and arguably unearned,) equivalence.
The stir was caused by Fat Joe, who, in a recent episode of Noreaga and DJ EFN’s Drink Champs podcast, improbably came to the defense of DJ Khaled. “People take away the greatness from Khaled and they say, ‘Well he just gets a bunch of big-time rappers and puts them on the same song,’” the Bronx rapper said. “There’s a million DJs and producers that try that, and those ain’t hit records. And it’s been a long time since we heard Nas and JAY-Z on what to me sounds like a smash hit,” the rapper adds before crowning Khaled “The Quincy Jones of Hip-Hop right now.”
Of course, this sent Twitter into a frenzy. Some attacked Joe’s credibility as a longtime Khaled collaborator, while others simply stacked their respective stats, acknowledging Jones has been nominated for 80 Grammys (winning an unthinkable 30 of them,) and was the producer of some of the best-selling albums of all time, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller, which is the only album in history to sell more than 60 million copies.
After a day of getting roasted across social media platforms, Joe refused to walk back his assertion. Instead, the rapper hopped on Instagram Live to reiterate his stance and call those who disagreed with him “backseat drivers” and “Monday morning quarterbacks,” which, even in the most liberal of applications, feels a little misused. Nonetheless, it seems safe to say the next Quincy Jones interview is going to be one for the books.
Watch Fat Joe deliver the comparison that lit Twitter ablaze below. Scroll on to see him defend his take via Instagram Live and the range of reactions from fans.
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Fat Joe: DJ Khaled is the Quincy Jones of Hip Hop
Black Twitter: pic.twitter.com/QAxCfZxdis
— ‘03 Randy Moss (@jake_thecap) May 16, 2021
Fat Joe done lost his everlasting mind if he think DJ Khaled is the Quincy Jones of Hip Hop. pic.twitter.com/aPX3vXeY1B
— I Wanna Be Batman Rich 💰💰 (@authorjcopeland) May 15, 2021
The Wiz soundtrack
Off the Wall
We are the World
Back on the Block
Give Me the Night
Quincy Jones has literally produced children who are better producers than DJ Khaled
Maybe he meant the Quincy’s Steakhouse of hiphop. https://t.co/o8q0NqB37L
— Michael Harriot (@michaelharriot) May 16, 2021
Fat Joe: DJ Khaled the Quincy Jones of Hip Hop
Black Twitter: pic.twitter.com/XSYuzpDoqB
— Brooklyn (@BrooklynBoyB) May 16, 2021
Quincy Jones wrote the soundtracks to–
The Color Purple
The Pawn Broker
In The Heat of The Night
The Italian Job
They Call Me Mr. Tibbs
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
and the theme to Sanford And Son
DJ Khaled ain’t in his neighborhood when Quincy Jones got an whole ass zip code. pic.twitter.com/iQcN3L5cbU
— ダリル・ワートン-リグビー Darryl Wharton-Rigby (@whartonrigby) May 16, 2021
Quincy Jones is the Quincy Jones of hip hop.
And of jazz, r&b, soul, funk, big band, swing…..
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) May 16, 2021