Jay-Z: Beyonce is 'Second Coming' of Michael Jackson.

Jay-Z has praised his wife Beyoncé, comparing her to the late Michael Jackson.

Jigga - who is currently promoting his new joint LP, Watch The Throne, with Kanye West - told a radio station that Queen B "inspired" him, just like the late King Of Pop did before his death in June 2009.

Speaking to 99 Jamz, the Otis rapper revealed: "What I've learned from her is similar to what I learned from [Michael 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 - real name Shawn Carter - continued: "Y'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."

As well as paying homage to Bey, Jigga also explained the decision to call his collaborative album with Kanye West, Watch The Throne, stating the record is about "protecting" hip hop.

The D.O.A hitmaker told Hip Hop DX: "Watch the Throne, you protect it. You just watch how popular music shift[s], and just how hip-hop basically replaced rock and roll as the youth music. The same thing can happen to hip-hop. It can be replaced by other forms of music."

Jigga added: "So we [are] making sure that we put the effort into making the best product so we can contend with all this other music, with all the dance music that’s dominating the charts right now and indie music that’s dominating the festivals."