Jay-Z hails Martin a 'mod­ern day Shake­speare'

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Jay-Z has hailed Cold­play's Chris Martin a "mod­ern day Shake­speare". The 31-year-old hip-hop star is close pals with the 'Ever­glow' hit­maker and his ex-wife Gwyneth Pal­trow but he says that doesn't make him bi­ased when it comes to the 40year-old singer being one of the best front­men and song­writ­ers around. Speak­ing to the Metro news­pa­per, Jay said: "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", he opened up. "In years to come, Bri­tain will look back at him as a mod­ern day Shake­speare. He is an in­cred­i­ble record­ing artist, an in­cred­i­ble song­writer, 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." The pair pre­vi­ously teamed up on the song 'Beach Chair'from Jay's 2006 al­bum 'King­dom Come' and Jay's wife Bey­once fea­tured Cold­play's track 'Hymn For The Week­end' from their lat­est al­bum 'A Head Full of Dreams'. Both Jay and Chris have been added to the line-up for BBC Ra­dio 1's Live Lounge Month as part of the UK sta­tion's 50th birth­day. The '99 Prob­lems' rap­per - who re­cently made his come­back with stu­dio al­bum '4.44', his first in four years will per­form­ing cov­ers live on air on Sep­tem­ber 22, with the big­gest names in mu­sic in­clud­ing Mi­ley Cyrus and Harry Styles also set to join host Clara Amfo through­out the month. Clara said: "This year's Live Lounge Month has me more ex­cited for our lis­ten­ers than ever. From L.A. back to our stu­dios in the UK, there is 50 great years of Ra­dio 1 to cel­e­brate with all of the artists and I can't wait for it to kick off!"

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