Quincy Jones Blasts ‘Haters’ Over ‘P.Y.T.’ Remake Criticism

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T-Pain received a lambasting from Michael Jackson’s fans for remaking the King of Pop’s classic “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).” The Auto-Tune King issued a fiery response to his critics and now the song’s original producer, Quincy Jones, is taking aim at those who have a problem with the reworked record.

“Today with Facebook and Twitter and everything, I have never seen so many haters in my life,” the 77-year-old legend exclusively tells Rap-Up.com. “But it’s people sitting in their basements with their pants on the ground, just being haters. I don’t get it, man. That means they don’t have a life.”

The update of the 1983 smash from Thriller was produced by T-Pain and Mervyn Warren and appears on Quincy’s tribute album Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, in stores Tuesday. The music maestro doesn’t take issue with the way the song was redone. “The freedom in music is do what you want to do,” he shares. “I don’t think anybody should sit there and say you shouldn’t do that or you shouldn’t do this. That’s not up to me to say.”

While T-Pain said that he recorded the song at Mr. Jones’ request, Quincy offers a different take. “They volunteered. I didn’t choose them. I didn’t produce this,” he says. “Six years ago, Timbaland came to me with one of his assistants in South Beach and said, ‘We’d like to do a hip-hop tribute to all your old songs.’ I said, ‘Great, man. That’s a very big honor ’cause I’ve worked with a lot of the hip-hoppers anyway and have always been behind them.’”

Jones took a back seat when it came to putting together the project. “I just sat down with guys that were my friends and they called and asked me questions and so forth. I’m there for them, but I said use your own voice, but make it better than the one we did.”

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30 Comments

  1. whatever

    FUCK YOU AND THAT AUTOTUNE CLOWN ASS NINJA!!!!!!! STOP TOUCHING CLASSICS IIGHT!!!

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  2. whatever

    STOP TOUCHING CLASSICS!!!!!!!

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  3. M!ke.

    I dont understand why they a remaking these classic songs. Why not create new music?

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  4. headphones

    i’m sorry but quincy needs to get it together, if u wanna make music fine go ahead and collab with whoever you want… but makin remakes of the classics is stupid, c’mon now

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  5. janet

    QUINCY SHUT UP THE REMIX SUCKS PLAIN AND SIMPLE!

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  6. philly31

    Can’t curse at my elders. With that being said PLUCK you Quincy and your excuse. You knew better. It is classic music for a reason. Don’t touch it!

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  7. dead92

    if something is whack its whack…now call me hater or “not a fan” wateva he wants..

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  8. Leon

    Hey Quincy,

    You’re a has-been and T-Pain has zero talent.

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  9. Why Ask

    I’m cool with people remaking music but only if you try give it justice. T-Pain was straight garbage, there isn’t anything unique about him or his style. Quincy did it for the money and probably thought that T-Pain was relevant in the hip-hop/r&b world…

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  10. TeamTEDDYPAIN

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  11. LOL

    Is he serious? Is his old ass really callin ppl haters when the song was horrid?

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  12. Jaye

    Excuse me Quincy, but you put a song out on the internet and when it doesn’t do well you don’t want feedback?! What type of sense does that make. I can see Robin Thicke but T-PAIN??? T-PAIN?!?!?! You have to know how stupid that sound. You too damn old to be acting so stupid Quincy, too damn old.

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  13. geeps

    all you fuckers gotta shut the fuck up. when mj and akon did the thriller remake you guys didnt go on a rant did you. because it was mjs music. in reality all these remakes quincy is doing. he wrote it, he produced it. so for me he can do whatever the fuck he wants to do.
    to all the haters! deuces

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  14. nerdywilliams

    t pain sucks balls,song is teriblle 4 sure……Q don’t defend that crap..i’m sure you hate it to!!MJ is the man still……Who is T PAIN??AUTOTUNE just made music worst than it already was!!!

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  15. Chase

    Quincy can do whatever the hell he wants to do. Age ain’t got nothing to do with it. Ya’ll niggas need to respect the legend or slice your fucking throats!!! With that said the song does suck Q I’m sorry…..Still your #1 fan though

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  18. Frenchy

    Its funny, I am the french one here but you all are acting Frenchy more than I ever hated! Quincy’s right! You don’t have a life… And you’re so far from even having a brain…! Michael Jackson himself did a few songs i didn’t really like, so what? He is still the King!No matter the haters that tried to be in his way ha ha! His songs (and all of those who were legend…) are just starting getting remixed here and there… Let’s be thankful Quincy (another legend himself) is the one starting the long series of remixes…
    Having the option of leaving a comment doesnt mean you can break the work of an artist. Music will soon be the only freedom.. And face it, nobody really asked you anything… You don’t like the song? Then get back to the original thriller album just like I did, and stop spitting on people that made music history… Without Quincy there wouldnt have been any Michael in the first place. Show some respect.

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  19. Phil V

    at the end of the day, this is just a REALLY BAD SONG. Sorry Quincy

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  20. WhatTheF

    Um, it’s not people with their pants on the ground. It’s people that have EARS that disapprove…

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  21. Leon

    Hey Quincy,

    Remember when you trashed MJ less than 72 hours after he died? Well, I do.

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  23. Rick

    Frenchy,

    In case you weren’t aware, Michael was a superstar prior to meeting Quincy Jones. Please do attempt to rewrite the past.

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  24. Leon

    I didn’t realize Quincy had such thin skin. After trashing Michael when he died one would think he would be man enough to take a public bitchslapping. I guess not.

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  25. jhuntdaprodigy

    If the song was bad, the song was bad, ain’t no one touching the original PYT. And I do kind of agree with the above comment, why not try to make some new music? Attempt to make a new classic…

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  26. babygirl

    He needs to stfu………. fans don’t like it, then something is obviously wrong and instead he bitches about us. Yeah, okay.

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  27. MUZIKfactoryTWO

    “Make it BETTER than the one we did”????? Early signs of dementia! Quincy is crazy if he thought for a second that lackluster “artists” with their “pants on the ground” was gonna do better than the Greatest Aretist of ALL TIME! What an insult. QWuincy lost his damn mind! Both statements of T Pain and Quincy Jones served to add more insult to the offense. Just leave MJ’s songs alone, they are perfect the way they are, the way Michael sang them, noone do any better, period. and stop exploiting Michael!

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  28. charlie

    Another frenchy here,
    I just want to say STOP EXPLOITING MICHAEL ! It’s Enough !! Make new music, and let Michael alone!

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  30. James

    Quincy Jones is a genius, a living legend, and an amazing producer.

    But as he’s gotten older, he’s -severely- lost his marbles. I don’t understand why he has to pander to the hip hop crowd, and keep remaking these classic songs with rappers. Example: “Strawberry Letter 23″ (as made by famous by Q and The Brothers Johnson), remade by…yes, Akon.

    I know he THINKS he’s really “hip” and up with the “times”, but in reality, the end results have always been 100% horrible and unnecessary – sorry Quincy.

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