Elton John Calls Kanye West Album ‘Genius,’ Defends Hip-Hop

Elton John and Kanye West

The legendary Elton John previously showed his love for hip-hop by performing with Eminem at the 2001 Grammys. But his respect for the music doesn’t end there. The pop virtuoso, who guests on Kanye West’s star-studded single “All of the Lights,” expressed his fondness for Kanye’s latest album and rap in general.

Elton showered praise on Mr. West’s critically-acclaimed fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. “I grew to love R&B and Motown and all black music, gospel music. I never dismiss any form of music,” he told TeenMusic.com. “I listen to everything. I’m on the new Kanye West record, for example. It’s a genius record.”

He was quick to defend the genre against those who malign it. “People who mock rap, and say, ‘I don’t like it,’ they should go check out Kanye in the studio rapping,” said the knighted musician. “Or Eminem when he’s in the studio. It’s a phenomenon. Don’t knock it until you’ve seen it. It may not be your cup of tea, but don’t ridicule. I find that so many of my peers of my age don’t listen to anything new. I love the new.”

Kanye recently revealed that the Hype Williams-directed video for “All of the Lights” co-starring Rihanna will make its debut within the next week.

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  1. Yeah

    yea right


  2. Deetee

    Yeah we believe u


  3. Yeah

    if Elton thinks Eminem & Kanye are the only “good” form a rap…then I don’t know what to say about that.
    The both seem average to me.


    Aday34 Reply:

    @Yeah, Yeah Eminem can rap about legitimate subject matter and actually freestyle. Kanye can rap about legitimate subject matter as well and he can produce a record from scratch or using samples and putting them together. Go listen to those Young Money ass-clowns cause you clearly can’t break down music.


  4. C-B-4

    @yeah or the two of the best in the game right now?


  5. Killmatic

    Eminem and Kanye is the two greatest rappers of the 2000s.


  6. Nina

    I agree with Sir Elton John. Just because most of rap is crap nowadays, doesn’t mean we should dismiss it all. Kanye West’s ‘MBDTF’ got me lovin’ rap & hip-hop again. There is hope for the rap world!! Oh and yes, Yeezy is a musical genius, and he knows it too!


  7. Ben

    @yeah.. dont make a comment if you dont understand the music. You said they “both seem” average, this implies you have made an assumption based on what? A few minutes of hearing their music. You’re funny.

    They’re both legends in their own right.


  8. Abdullah

    Kanye > all rappers


  9. cubevision

    abdullah you are unwell if you think kanye is the best rapper and @yeah kanye and em are not average.


  10. 3stacks

    I haven’t got around to listening to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy yet, but today I heard that All of the Lights song with Rihanna and I’m definitely gonna pick the album up tomorrow before class.


  11. xedos

    Elton is talking about Kanye and M&M because he works with them. atleast he ‘s talking about what he knows


  12. Yeah

    like I said their average, nothing impresses me, I’ve heard better, trust me I have
    and yes I’ve heard their music, who hasn’t? The are far from best or greatest.
    yall can hop off nut now :P


  13. Yeah



  14. Breezy

    its just a regular kanye album…nothing special


  15. Heminem

    Elton is one of the greatest of all time!

    He also has good taste, Em and Ye are the best.


  16. TheLuversLane

    kanye and eminem are some really great rappers. i dont whats wrong with “yeah’s” ears. but elton is talking about what he knows so thats good he’s not a faker


  17. Miriam

    Eminem=100%rap Kayne=75%pop+25%rap


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  19. beezle

    i personally think Ye is one of the greatest musicians produced in the 21st century.


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