Jay-Z has divided social media users by calling his wife Beyoncé an “evolution” of Michael Jackson.
During a recent Twitter Spaces chat, Jay made the comparison with his “Empire State of Mind” collaborator Alicia Keys during a conversation with ournalist Rob Markman.
“Bey’s gonna be mad at (me) for saying this, but Michael Jackson never had a Coachella,” he said. “She’s an evolution of him because she watched him at nine (years old). And the kids are the same.”
He went on to praise his wife’s 2018 headlining performance at the California festival, adding, “Find me a concert that’s as culturally relevant and thrilling as Coachella. Beyoncé is gonna be one of the best singers we ever heard because she is such a student.”
The rapper made the comments when asked about the ongoing debate over whether Beyoncé has overtaken Jackson as the most important Black artist of this generation.
Jay-Z’s remarks caused an uproar on Twitter, with both Beyoncé and Michael Jackson fans taking issue with the comparison and arguing that their idol was the most talented.
This was Michael Jacksons #Coachella moment.
— Isaac Hayes III (@IsaacHayes3) December 22, 2021
This is not the first time the “Big Pimpin'” star has made a connection between Beyoncé and the late King of Pop, who died in 2009.
He previously said she was “the second coming” of Jackson during a 2011 interview with Miami’s 99 Jamz.
“What I’ve learned from her is similar to what I learned from Mike (Jackson),” he said. “I know that’s blasphemy to compare the two because Mike was such an innovator – but I think she’s like the second coming.”
— Latanya25 (@Latanya251) December 24, 2021
Found Jay Z's interview notes 💀 pic.twitter.com/EHd2yfNkNM
— #MJStory (@MJISRL) December 24, 2021
— Jason (Moderna. One Piece stan) (@EscaflowneClown) December 24, 2021
I agree that most who have lived through both Michael and Beyoncé feel MJ is a completely different level, but I hate that some have to belittle the other to defend their fav. Both are great in their own right#MichaelJackson #Beyonce pic.twitter.com/CCwFzGzYFW
— Intelligent & Flatulent 🤓 💨 (@Intelligently4U) December 24, 2021
I got time today.
so how can y’all say she’s overrated when we have all these iconic historical moments in this woman’s career I’ll wait i want y’all too do me a favor go rewatch all these performances again an tell who’s overrated cause it’s not her at all. #Beyonce pic.twitter.com/jmOTCTj0fv
— darkskinboy🤤 (@sushiking28) December 24, 2021