Katy Perry Praises Kanye West: ‘He’s One of the Greatest MCs’

Kanye West and Katy Perry

Katy Perry shook up the pop world when she recruited Kanye West for her out-of-this-world record “E.T.” Following the sci-fi video’s premiere, the pop singer had nothing but positive things to say about her collaborator.

Perry explained why she called upon the hip-hop star to rap on her No. 1 hit, which appears on her Teenage Dream album. “I always felt like I wanted someone to give this song just another dimension,” she told MTV News. “And it’s like he’s one of the greatest, to me, one of the greatest MCs of our generation and I think we will look back in time at Kanye and recognize, even though he may be multi-dimensioned in so many different ways, that it’s hard to understand it and grasp our mainstream minds around it.”

But her praise didn’t stop there. “I think we’ll look back and we’ll be like there’s a guy who always tried and strived to give us a beautiful piece of artwork. He doesn’t care about any of the haters and he just really approaches things with a beautiful kind of innocence. We sat down and talked when he showed up to the music video set and he’s just so enthusiastic about music and art and visuals and making his tour into the best tour that anybody’s ever seen. He’s really always pushing himself and I admire that.”

When asked if she would be open to having Kanye produce for her in the future, she was more than game. “Why not? That’s where he comes from. He’s got like a bajillion Grammys for producing records and writing songs. That’s where he started and I admire his work, whether it’s with Jay-Z or with Rihanna or with Nicki Minaj. I like all the different angles and approaches. I mean, he brought Bon Iver and La Roux—just like the strangest—not the strangest, but you wouldn’t expect it and then put them on a song. He’s got some wild style.”

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33 Comments

  1. Noringtone

    This is very true.

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  2. oh man

    haha such a change of opinion since the 09 VMAs. It’s cool though Kanye deserves the praise. Get down on your knees, Pink, and get ready to suck his dick, because we all know you’re going to be calling him next.

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  3. ...

    no Katy, Kanye is WACK

    Lil Wayne is BETTER

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    PhreshPrince Reply:

    @…, wtf. Kanye is so much better that wayne. . Weezy is not even close to the level ye is in. the carter 4 is gonna sukkk

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    A+ Reply:

    @PhreshPrince,you had to fall for that retard comment,omg he is just trying to start some drama and it work.

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    DJ Reply:

    @…, Better at what?
    Kanyes one of the best producers and rappers of this generation. College dropout and Late Registration are better than any Lil wayne album.

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    bobby Reply:

    @…, Look at the album kanye has produce. He’s got 3 CLASSICS. Plus he produced a classic for Common ‘BE’ and Jay-z ‘Blue Print’ and now he’s producing for Mos DEF.

    Kanye west is a true hiphop LEGEND.

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    The Beast Reply:

    @bobby, 5 classics

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    GRRRR Reply:

    @The Beast, Doesn’t matter how many classics Yeezy made. He wins Weezy hands down.

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    The Beast Reply:

    @GRRRR, I know I was just supporting his point. Kanye is the greatest ever.

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    Hi Reply:

    @The Beast, I always say that too! Lol But kanye is one of the best not just in these days but of past decades! He should be with names like 2 PAC biggie jay z snoop dogg scarface ice cube etc. The thing that sucks people won’t care until he is dead! Smh

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    bobby Reply:

    @Hi, Thats so true. Kanye should be up there with B.I.G, Pac, DRE, and all the greats. But as you said…unfotunately people will only realize it once he’s is dead.

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  4. Olkainry

    Well, we already knew that Yeezy was the best but thanks for reminding that to certain people.

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  5. Abdullah

    shes wrong, hes not one of them, he IS THE BEST MC, and EVER, KANYE ALL THE WAY

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  6. Abdullah

    btw this is the rightest review about kanye ever
    respect katy
    love kanye

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  7. Danielle

    ALL HAIL KING KANYE BITCHES!!

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    Ms_RiRi_ Reply:

    @Danielle, Indeed!!! =)

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  8. Vee

    “…I admire his work, whether it’s with Jay-Z or with Rihanna or with Nicki Minaj…”

    Of ALL the people Kanye has worked with these 3 are the only she clearly knows. Greatest MC opinion voided!

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    The Beast Reply:

    @Vee, or the first three that came into her head. Try again.

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  9. Ms_RiRi_

    SHE DEFINITELY KNOWS WHAT SHE’S TALKING ABOUT!Kanye Kanye Kanye!!!! i Love him!!!!

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  10. aton88

    Kanye may not be the best lyricist “bar for bar” on the mic, but what he lacks in lyrics he makes up for it in being whitty, charismatic, and generally fun/interesting to listen to. Most of the time I would rather listen to kanye rapping fairly well over one of his dope ass beats than be bored listening to Slaughterhouse. #justsayin

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    Danielle Reply:

    @aton88, I completely agree

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    lys Reply:

    @aton88, co-signin’ word by word…

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  11. Lennox

    Kanye is the best! :D

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  12. Mals

    what does she know! stupid child

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  13. Jerry

    Kanye West = Best MC in the game right now

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  15. say what

    huh,,,,common,legend, jayz, west just to name a few thats a power house right thereeeeee!!!!!

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  16. say what

    this is hot song and video good job
    katy and mr. west !!!!!!!!!

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  17. roro

    one of the?
    naw she’s got it wrong. kanye is THE greatest MC

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  18. Bo

    Go Kanye!

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  19. Hana

    oh yeah Katy now you realize it huh??? Kanye FTW!!!

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  20. shay

    hands up who remembers what katy said about kanye after that swift thing. it definitely was not any of this. this is why i dont like this chick, she just seems too fake

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