Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly recently reflected on how gifted Kanye West is and how the fellow Chicago musician managed to overcome the doubters and turn into a creative genius.
Although brief in discussing Yeezus, Kells said fans should expect nothing less than magical if he ever reunites with him in the recording booth.
R. Kelly returns to the charts with his 15th top 10 album Black Panties, which debuted at No. 4 this week. In the final part of his interview with Rap-Up TV, the R&B veteran speaks out about some of his famous collaborators and peers including fellow Chicago native Kanye West. “A lot of people didn’t believe in Kanye, a lot of people didn’t believe in me. He’s a genius in his own right and he’s on top now,” said Kellz, who worked with Yeezus on Cruel Summer‘s “To the World.” “That’s why I know if we got together again on one of these days in that studio, some magic is gonna happen again.” (Rap-Up)
Recently, fellow Chi-Town entertainer Lupe Fiasco spoke on seeing Kanye get talked down to by music moguls.
“I’ve watched the progressions,” Lupe said, referring to Kanye. “I’ve watched him get get treated up at Roc-A-Fella a few times and understand that. I watched him get treated up by L.A. Reid one time, where it was like, ‘Yo, you should just stick to beats. You shouldn’t rap.’ And to tell that to somebody definitely sparks some type of fire in them. It would, if you came up there and you’re feeling yourself and you’re aggressive and you’re doing your thing and you got the heads of the music world you shouldn’t do that and then you do it and then you’re bigger than them.” (“Whoolywood Shuffle”)
Fiasco also took things a step further by declaring Yeezy rap’s biggest heavyweight.
“I think Kanye’s the biggest artist in the world,” Lupe added. “I think he’s bigger than Drake, I think he’s bigger than Wayne, I think he’s bigger than Jay. I think his footprint, if he chose to do it, he’d be bigger than everybody if he really wanted to. That’s just Lupe’s personal opinion. I’ll see you on Twitter later.” (“Whoolywood Shuffle”)
Recently, Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons wrote a blog post about Ye’s genius characteristics.
“We will no longer be lost in the world and we will survive in this America. I believe these truths to be self-evident. That is what Kanye West told me on a cold morning in New York City just seven days ago. It is his genius, his tenacity, his creativity, his relentlessness and his madness, that will allow us all to one day have the ability to touch the sky.” (Global Grind)
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