During a lecture at Oxford University earlier this week, Kanye West praised Nicki Minaj for her memorable guest verse on “Monster.”

He told a crowd filled with students and University administrators that Nicki was “one of the most memorable things about My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and that she kicked his ass on his own song.

“To come back and deliver my magnum opus of a work, and to be outshined…to be beat by a girl, basically,” he said at the time. “This was necessary. I think it was one of the most important points of working on that album, was to not stop her from her moment because of how good she is.”

Now, Minaj is returning the compliment.

In a recent interview with UK radio station Capital FM, Nicki commented on Kanye’s kind regards.

“It’s sort of amazing, but I keep saying that Kanye, he gave me an amazing opportunity and because of that I feel like he outshines everyone,” Nicki says on-air. “He puts people in a position to do better…When you are an artist and you can do that for people, then you are The King, you are The One, and that’s how I look at him.

“He did it in a really selfless way,” Nicki says. “He didn’t have anything to gain from it. And that’s what I’ve always respected and loved him for.”

Check out the full interview below:

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