Jay-Z seems to have high praise for his friend Chris Martin. The Coldplay front man has been called a “modern-day Shakespeare” by the rapper.
In a recent interview he has been quoted as saying “I have been in the industry long enough to know when I’m in the presence of a genius… and Chris Martin is just that,” going on to say that Britain will look back on him as a “modern-day Shakespeare.”
Jay-Z, who just released his latest album “4:44” earlier this year, has had a well-known friendship with the British rocker. The two previously collaborated on Jay-Z’s 2006, “Kingdom Come” album. They also performed at a New Year’s Eve show in New York in 2012.
Jay-Z’s wife Beyoncé also recently appeared with Martin performing at Super Bowl L in 2016 and appeared as a vocalist on a few tracks of Coldplay’s most recent album,”A Head Full of Dreams.”
In the interview, Jay-Z praised Coldplay as a live band. “He is an incredible recording artist, an incredible songwriter,” he said. “But where he really comes alive is performing live. If you get the chance to see Coldplay live, do it–you ain’t gonna regret it.”
Jay-Z may not have been thinking about Martin’s older more awkward lyrics when Coldplay was a young band. Choice lyrics such as “I swam across/I jumped across for you/Oh what a thing to do/‘Cause you were all yellow” would presumably never have been written by Shakespeare.
However Jay-Z insists his friendship with Martin did not influence his praise. “We are good friends,” he continued, “But what I got to say has nothing to do with our friendship.”