Kanye West is probably one of the few celebrities who can relate to the criticism Miley Cyrus has received over the last few months so it comes as no surprise that the rapper has actually encouraged the controversial young singer's twerking antics following her MTV Video Music Awards appearance this summer.
Jumping to Miley's defence, Kanye said in a recent interview with station 97.1 Amp Radio: “I just met her the day of the VMAs. And I was like, you know, 'Go. Go. Just go, go for it, do what you feel.' If that was a thought, if you have an idea creatively, from a Donda perspective [the name of West's creative company] I would just want her to twerk more. That would be my thing.”
Kanye goes on to admit that perhaps there was too much going on in Miley's performance and that the singer should have twerked throughout the entire set.
“I think they just had her doing too many [things], or she decided or whatever as an artist,” he explains.
“Think about my 'Runaway' performance on the MTV VMAs vs my 'Touch the Sky' slash 'Gold Digger' slash 'All Falls Down' performance at the Grammys. The more experienced you get, the more you simplify.”
He added: “I just think her entire performance should have just been twerking just all the time. Twerk twerk twerk twerk twerk twerk twerk twerk twerk, you know?"
Shortly after the VMAs, 'We Can't Stop' producer Mike Will Made It confirmed that Miley and Kanye had recorded a collaboration together just hours after the ceremony. “We went to the studio with Kanye,” Mike Will told MTV's RapFix.
“We went right back to work. We made sure - boom. We watched the VMAs a little bit, but we went straight to the studio really. We're just touching the beat up a little bit, but it's about done. It's sounding crazy.”
Mike added: “Ye is somebody who understands. I think that people that understand it aren't really going to have anything too negative or anything too much to say about the performance. It's really the people who don't understand it and it's really the media.”
Kanye West has defended his infamous stage invasion at the 2009 MTV VMAs.
West notoriously interrupted Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech to complain that Beyoncé should have won the 'Best Female Video' award for 'Single Ladies'.
However, speaking on 97.1 Amp Radio, West appeared to stand by his comments.
"There's a lot of times in life where we're being held back on purpose," he said. "The moment people hate me the most for, at the awards show, that was inaccurate!
"Whether it was a plan to give Beyoncé the award at the end, we still haven't seen a video as good as that video, like, five years later. There still hasn't been a video that good."
West added that the music industry is changing thanks to social media, saying: "The kids now have Instagram and can't be controlled by radio and can't be controlled by TV.
"I love the Backstreet Boys' songs, so if any of them are listening, no knock to them, but there will never be another Backstreet Boys! Not in this day and age. It's going to be artists like Lorde, singer-songwriters in this day age that are going to come up. This is Instagram, this is the information highway."
West also expressed frustration that many of his streams of consciousness are described as "rants", saying: "'Rant' has a negative connotation, and these are inspirational, visionary breaks in pop culture. Every time I talk it is a crack in the matrix.
"Nobody's going to fire me tomorrow, so I can say anything I want to say, and luckily I want to say positive things and I want to make my momma happy and I want to do God's work."