September 7th, 2010
03:10 PM ET
If you ask Nelly, Taylor Swift has validated his "cool," but if you ask Chris Robinson, she’s the personification of the faux music star.
In an interview with Billboard, Nelly responded to an admiring tweet from Swift. The 20 year-old country-pop music star took to Twitter last week with praise for the St. Louis rapper’s latest single, “Just a Dream.”
“I’m so in love with that new Nelly song,” Swift said about the newest offering from the 36 year-old, whose latest album "5.0" is slated for release in mid-November.
Despite the fact that Nelly has sold millions of records, has a successful fashion line and is still one of the most recognizable faces in the world of music (even if his last album has only sold 223,000 units), he said Swift's words of support were a definite confidence boost.
“My daughter was like, ‘OMG!’” Nelly said. “I’m only cool to her because I know Chris Brown and Bow Wow, and now Taylor tweeted about me.”
But Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson isn’t so convinced that Swift has the talent to back up that star power. “I find it embarrassing that adults are like, ‘Taylor Swift is very talented.’ She's not," Robinson told Nylon Guys magazine. "She might be cute, but she's horrible."
Robinson went on to dub Swift as an example for an overall lack of artistic originality in today’s musical landscape. “They have stylists who dress them, they make records with producers who play a chord into the computer and it all comes out the same," he said. "There's no individuality."
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