Madonna declares: ‘Kanye West is the black Madonna’

In an interview with the NY Daily News, Madonna declared that Kanye West is the “new Madonna,” in fact he is the “black Madonna.”

Madonna is promoting her new album Rebel Heart, which comes out on Tuesday. She the told the newspaper that she feels a kinship with Kanye for “pushing the envelope.”

For those of you too young to remember or know, Madonna broke all the rules throughout her career. Where do we even begin? I still remember hearing “Borderline” for the first time when I was a kid and loved it. But it was when she performed “Like a Virgin” in a wedding dress during the MTV Music Awards that I became a fan for life. Her attention-grabbing antics became the blueprint for female pop singers that followed.

From the interview:

“Kanye is the new Madonna,” she tells the Daily News. “Kanye is the black Madonna.”

Madonna says she and Kanye have talked about their shared flair for pushing people’s buttons. “We know, and recognize, that we have that in common,” she says. “We’re comrades in the envelope-pushing genre.”

I think comparing herself to Kanye is a bit misguided though. Madonna was controversial, but not overall disliked as a person like Kanye. Kanye West is making headlines for being an awful human being (he married his soulmate Kim Kardashian for example). I don’t think Madonna is like that.

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