The eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer was full of praise for himself on SiriusXM, telling host Bevy Smith he ‘deserves’ the title.
He said: “King, whatever you wanna call it. Yeah, I’ve been working to the point where I do own that, and I do deserve that.
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“And I ain’t gonna ask for it no more. You’re gonna give it. Because I did work for it.”
Later in the interview, Usher addressed a recent comment from Diddy, who said ‘R&B is muthaf–in’ dead as of right now’.
“When I do hear people, even like Puff saying, ‘You know R&B is dead’. He sounds nuts to me.
“It sounds, it sounds, it sounds crazy.”
“You know, especially knowing he was a pioneer in understanding and beneficiary of it.
“You know, the source that is R&B created the breath of life that was breathed into hip-hop. It wouldn’t be.
“There would be no hip-hop if there were not R&B, so it’s blasphemous to hear me say, to hear people say anything, especially hip-hop cats, to say anything about R&B.
“That’s what R&B is. R&B is timeless, it ain’t gonna go away.”
Rolling Stone recently published an article titled: ‘Harry Styles: How the new King of Pop set the music world aflame’.