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His comments should probably be taken with a grain of salt, considering he’s the lady’s husband, but Jay-Z recently bestowed Beyoncé with a heavy compliment.

During an interview with Miami radio station 99 Jamz, Jay compared his wife’s work ethic to that of late pop icon Michael Jackson. Then he took it a step further, saying she’s the closest thing we’ve got to MJ now.

“What I’ve learned from her is the same thing I learned from Mike,” Jay said after being asked what Beyoncé’s taught him. “And I know it’s blasphemy to compare the two because Mike was such an innovator. But I think she’s like the second coming. The hard work and the dedication that she puts into her shows… It just makes you want to work harder at your craft. She’s like a machine.”

Before you just go on and dismiss Jay completely, know that he’s more than just a loving husband; he is of course a major artist himself, one who even collaborated Jackson years ago.

And Bey has had some massive hits; she’s accomplished plenty and received numerous awards. In 2010 she took home six Grammy awards, including Song of the Year for “Single Ladies”, breaking the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in a single year. But Jackson still holds the record (tied with Santana) for most wins in a night with eight in 1984 for Thriller.

Who’s to say what the future holds? Beyoncé’s certainly on her way to legendary status. And that’s likely the only point Jay was trying to make. But let’s not take it too far and say B’s moonwalking in Jackson’s penny loafers. No, not yet.

What do you think of Jay’s comments? Can you think of anyone who’s closer to reaching Jackson-like heights? Let us know.

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