Arsenio Hall Interviews Tyler, The Creator and Quincy Jones [YouTube Video]

Zach Ayer

by Zach Ayer

Published November 8, 2013

Rapper Tyler, the Creator and producer Quincy Jones were interviewed on the November 7th edition of the Arsenio Hall show, where they discussed their current views of the music industry and their stances on life in general.

Tyler talks primarily about his passion for free speech and free thought in reference to his Twitter history and often use of the "N-word". "The way that I see things, you chose to get offended, if you care more about stuff like . And that might sound very ignorant, but if you're a black person and someone calls you the N-word and you get offended, maybe, I don't know, maybe you might be. But if I know if I'm not an N-word... I'm not gonna get offended because I know that I'm not that." Trying to censor himself proved difficult for Tyler on such a topic, as he noted when mentioning how much he wanted to say the word after the producer told him not to.

While his stance on language is certainly controversial, his intentions and frank nature are in the right place when he discusses the importance for kids to think freely. "We live in a society where a lot of people are followers and they can't, you know, make their set opinions," he says. "Like I have friends going to college for stuff that their parents want them to go for, and they're not even happy or anything. They're just trying to please them but in the long run, like, I mean, what's gonna be there? Your parents die and you're just stuck there, paying debt, paying debt for something you didn't even wanna learn in the first place." His diatribe ended with a simply worded ethos: "I tell people to just think for themselves and they'll be way happier in the long run."

Tyler's views on the YouTube awards ran in a similar vein. He bluntly discussed his disapproval of the company's assumed pandering to bigger stars with their awards instead of offering the recognition to the lesser-known innovators of internet content.


In a couple of much shorter interview segments, Thriller producer Quincy Jones discussed his relationship with great musicians. "The relationship between the producer and the artist is serious, and I learned very early that when you work with Ray Charles, and you work with Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstein... they don't play. And if you tell them to jump without a net you'd better know what you're talking about." He continues to explain the excellence of be-bop culture, and how it influenced doo-wop, hip-hop, and pop music of the future. On a lighter note, he explains away his lack of hair as a symptom of having six daughters, ages 20 to 60.

To close out the show, Jones presented Blush, an Asian, all girl pop group that he currently produces for. Check out their full performance of "Ain't Nobody Got Time for That."


Source: Arsenio Hall's YouTube Channel

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