“I just think he’s so innovative and he takes risks,” she told Billboard on the white carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 28). “I’m such a big fan of his music. That’s what I’ve always aimed to be and I never want to follow mainstream radio, that’s always kind of been my motto.”
Rexha — who also penned Eminem and Rihanna’s Hot 100 chart-topper “The Monster” — adds, “When I wrote “The Monster” the first time with Jon Bellion, when I played it for people — “The monster under my bed” — this will never work. Even with [G-Eazy’s] “Me, Myself and I” and “Hey Mama,” I find that you can’t follow mainstream and I love that about Kanye. He takes risks and I take risks.”
While shimmering in a custom-made diamond two-piece number, the singer/songwriter also discussed veteran fashion designer Donatella Versace’s impact on the music industry. “Donatella Versace has been a renegade,” Rexha gushed. “Just an incredible, artistic person. She does what she wants ’cause she’s a bad bitch.”
Watch the full interview above.