Madonna Says Kanye West Is the Black Version of Her

Mert Marcus
Madonna

"We know, and recognize, that we have that in common," she said of being provocative. "We're comrades in the envelope-pushing genre."

Kanye West may have found a kindred spirit in Madonna. The Queen of Pop is singing her Rebel Heart collaborator's praises in a new interview, ahead of the album's stateside release.

"Kanye is the new Madonna," she told the Daily News about the rapper. "Kanye is the black Madonna."

West worked with Madonna on several tracks, producing "Illuminati" on the forthcoming release. She also said that their ability to be provocative is something they both share. "We know, and recognize, that we have that in common," she noted. "We're comrades in the envelope-pushing genre."

While Madonna rarely comes off as vulnerable in public, she noted that there are times when all the attention and speculation gets to her. "I'm only human," she said. "I'd like to get to the point where nothing can shake me. Sometimes I'm there; sometimes I'm not."

For the album, out Tuesday (March 10), the singer looked at her three-decade career to find inspiration for what would be Rebel Heart's final product.

"There's a lot of reminiscing on this album," she said. "I've been doing what I've been doing for over three decades, so in many ways I feel like a survivor. I see that many of my peers, and friends, and people I collaborated with are no longer with us. That gave me pause. I said, 'Wow, I can't believe I made it this far.' That was a catalyst for me."

She not only looked back; she also found inspiration in what her kids listen to as well as what current chart toppers are releasing when it was time to record Rebel Heart.

"I have a lot of friends who are DJs, and I love going out," she explained. "I work with people who always say, 'Check out this video, check out these artists, this dancer.' Also, I have teenagers. They turn me on to a lot of music. They were a very big part of the choices I made this time, the sounds I gravitated toward."

This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.

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