Jay-Z: Wife Beyonce Is "the Second Coming" of Michael Jackson

Entertainment Aug. 16, 2011 AT 5:56PM
Jay-Z: Wife Beyonce Is "the Second Coming" of Michael Jackson Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic; Phil Dent/Redferns

After three years of marriage, Jay-Z and wife Beyonce have remained famously tight-lipped about one another.

But the 41-year-old rapper (real name: Shawn Carter) couldn't help but gush about his wife's talents as a performer while promoting Watch the Throne, his smash, acclaimed new album with Kanye West.

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MTV's Rap Fix reports that Jay-Z even compared Beyonce, 29, to the Gloved One himself, Michael Jackson, who died in June 2009 at age 50.

"What I've learned from her is similar to what I learned from Mike [Jackson] - and I know that's blasphemy to compare the two because Mike was such an innovator - but I think she's like the second coming," Jay-Z said during a phone call to Miami, Florida radio station 99 Jamz.

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"You know, the hard work and dedication that she puts into her shows. It just makes you want to work harder at your own craft. She's like a machine," he raved of his wife, currently promoting her own album, 4, with intimate shows scheduled this week at NYC's Roseland.

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Meanwhile, the rapper lived very, very large on Sunday night celebrating his latest release at LIV Miami on Sunday -- treating guests at the club to a reported $250,000 worth of Armand de Brignac Champagne.

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