Jay-Z: Beyonce is the new Jacko
Jay-Z has compared Beyonce to the late king of pop Michael Jackson, hailing her as the "second coming".
The 41-year-old music mogul is married to the chart-topping singer, and has collaborated with her on hits including Crazy In Love and Deja Vu, but they have both rarely spoken publicly about one another.
Jay-Z was in Miami to help launch his new album with Kanye West, Watch The Throne, when he called local radio station 99 Jamz, but according to MTV's Rap Fix got sidetracked when asked about his wife, heaping praise on her talent.
He said: "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 added: "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."
Beyonce is currently promoting her new album 4, and is treating audiences to a set of intimate shows at Roseland in New York.
Meanwhile, Jay-Z splashed out as he celebrated the release of Watch The Throne at LIV Miami at the weekend, reportedly treating guests at the club to 250,000 dollars worth of Armand de Brignac Champagne.