Kanye West is controversial and divisive at best, but it seems that the self-proclaimed "king of rap" may finally have something to boast about. Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson has revealed that the late king of pop was a fan of the 39-year-old rapper.
Earlier in August, West surpassed the Jackson's Billboard Hot 100 record after his collaboration with ScHoolboy Q, That Part, reached number 40 on the chart.
West has seen 40 singles reach the top 40 countdown, leaving Jackson behind on 39. That Part, which tipped West's score after jumping two places, now joins hits Falls Down, Stronger, All Of The Lights, N****s In Paris and FourFiveSeconds which has also enjoyed top 40 success.
Well, not everyone was filled with praise with a number of fans taking issue with the career milestone. When one critic expressed their distain, saying they were "f***ing mad", Paris came out in The Life Of Pablo star's defence. Taking to the comments section she told the fan that Jackson always acknowledged West's talent.
"The first time I ever heard Kanye's Heartbreak album was from my dad, he played it for me all the time. He liked him," a screen shot of the teenager's interaction read. "He never saw music as a competition or a game, never have a motive to talk sh*t about other artists. It was always about the love and respect and appreciation of music.. So if someone breaks a new record, be happy for them."
She added: "They worked hard for it and they earned it. Don't be angry or jealous or biased. Music is music and if it's good it deserves recognition."
This is not the first time in recent that Paris has used social media to vent. Back in June, she defended her late father over claims child porn was found at his Neverland Ranch in 2003. "Unfortunately negativity will always sell. I urge you all to ignore the trash & the parasites who make a career trying to slander my father," she told her 1.24million followers. "The most pure people are always torn down. It will continue to be proven that my beloved dad has always been and forever will be innocent."
Male solo artistes with the most Billboard Hot 100 top 40 singles
1. Elvis Presley – 80
2. Lil Wayne – 69
3. Elton John – 57
4. Drake – 53
5. Stevie Wonder – 46
6. Jay Z – 45
7. James Brown – 44
8. Chris Brown – 42
9. Marvin Gaye – 41