Nine Inch Nails have done their share of pushing boundaries and startling the mainstream, so Spin asked Trent Reznor about a musician who's become synonymous with controversy, both artistic and personal: Kanye West. According to Reznor, West is "the dangerous entertainer of 2013," and he truly appreciates the rapper's craft.
"I can't endorse what he's saying lyrically, but I will say that in terms of the role of the dangerous entertainer in 2013, nobody is beating him at that game. It feels like he might implode," he said.
Reznor recognized West's aesthetic on Yeezus, and says he likes the album.
"Even if it is calculated to some degree, it feels rough on the edges in a way that I can appreciate. I'm glad he's out there. Consistently he's put out ahead-of-the-curve shit. He's definitely a talented guy."
Trent Reznor is prepping for a Nine Inch Nails festival and arena tour set to kick off in September, and Kanye West will be performing this Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards.