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There's no denying Kanye West is one of the best rappers in the industry based off album sales, streaming numbers, lyricism and general hype.
However, he has explained who he thinks is really leading the game and his answer might be surprising to some.
During his interview on the Drink Champs podcast, the artist now known as Ye revealed Soulja Boy is in the top five of most influential rappers.
While he slagged off the likes of Big Sean and John Legend, he praised the 'Crank That' rapper for doing his own thing.
"With Soulja Boy, [he] is top five most influential," Ye told podcast hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN. "And I'm not gonna argue with you n****s about this at all. As far as to what we are today."
The hosts then asked why Ye didn't approve of Soulja's verse that he submitted for the Donda album.
West explained that the submission wasn't up to his standard, but insisted: "I'll tell you what though. Soulja Boy is the future. Future the future."
This also isn't the first time Ye has complimented Soulja for being different to the sea of other rappers trying to make it big.
Back in 2008, the artist formally known as Kanye West said on his website: "Soulja boy is fresh a** hell and is actually the true meaning of what hip-hop is supposed to be.
"He came from the hood, made his own beats, made up a new saying, new sound and a new dance with one song. He had all of America rapping this summer. If that ain't Hip Hop then what is?"
Despite the massive praise during the Drink Champs podcast, it seems like Soulja Boy is more concerned with the diss about his verse for 'Remote Control'.
When Soulja found out his verse had been cut from the album, he called Ye every name under the sun as he truly believed the lyrics he submitted were just what the track needed.
He jumped on a gaming livestream to say: "B**h-a** n****, don't get on a public platform and say different from what you told me to my face.
"Tell me to my face that s**t was trash, b***h-a** f**king scab-head-a** boy. Who cut your hair?"
He then revealed a text message allegedly from Ye that said his verse for 'Remote Control' was really good.
"You not finna baby me with no, 'Soulja Boy is the future.' Shut the f**k up," Soulja said. "N**** you talking...you said my verse wasn't hard, n****.
"Who the f**k you think you talking...Everything that come out my mouth is hard, n****. What the f**k is you talking 'bout, Kanye West? Your album was trash."
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