It was hip hop versus rock music back in 2008, and Kanye West became victorious. While both the band and the musician have held onto a massive fan following, the release of their albums turned into a competition. But despite the media comparisons and fan feuds, the band’s lead vocalist had his own reaction to the news.
While Guns and Roses have been around since the mid-1980s, West made his debut in the music industry only by the early 2000s. With generations clashing, the albums clashing became a hot topic of discussion, and Axl Rose was well aware of it.
How Axl Rose responded to the news of Kanye West outselling their album
Kanye West released his album ‘808s & Heartbreak’ back in 2008. At the same time, Guns n Roses dropped their ‘Chinese Democracy’, a much-awaited project. To everyone’s surprise, Ye’s album outperformed its competitor, leaving everyone in shock. As per RockCelebrities, Axl Rose spoke on it and said, “I sent him a message that any nonsense from the media had nothing to do with us.” He made sure to send the message across before the album’s release and wished the singer good luck while being humbled by the experience.
The singer also confessed to meeting Ye during the Versace fashion show for the first time. He appreciated West and admired his song ‘Gold Digger’ which was a collaboration with Jamie Foxx. Regardless, Guns n Roses have enjoyed decades of love and success.
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Axl Rose’s album was a comeback after a long gap, while Ye had just reached his prominence.
Reviews and creation of Chinese Democracy and 808s & Heartbreak
Guns n Roses made a comeback after nearly fourteen years, with their last album being The Spaghetti Incident back in 1993. The band’s sixth album was much delayed since guitarist Slash and Duff McKagan were replaced by Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Chris Pitman, etc. The album received mostly positive reviews from fans and critics alike.
On the other hand, 808s & Heartbreak was Ye’s fourth album. It mirrored Ye’s personal struggles while also breaking away from traditional hip-hop music. The album debuted by being at the top of the Billboard 200 list while also being critically acclaimed.
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