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Mr Hudson Talks Kanye, Previews LP in Our Office

When Kanye West first heard Mr Hudson‘s track ‘Anyone But Him,’ he told the driver to pull over and stop the music. ‘”About five seconds into the first verse,” Hudson told the BoomBox, “he looks at me and he says, ‘I’m gonna pay you the biggest compliment I can imagine. This is the kind of s–t I write.”

The Brit guested on Kanye’s ’808s & Heartbreak’ and is signed to his label, and the rapper has predicted Hudson could be bigger than him. Hudson recently stopped by the BoomBox’s New York headquarters to tell his story and play as many tracks as time allowed from his forthcoming LP ‘Straight No Chaser.’

Hudson put on some Kanye-inspired swagger and turned the speakers up to his tunes, which included ‘Supernova’ featuring Kanye, ‘White Lies,’ ‘Everything is Broken’ with Kid Cudi, ‘Anyone But Him,’ ‘There Will Be Tears,’ ‘Instant Messenger’ — his personal favorite — and ‘Time.’

After what he calls his struggling days on the rock scene earlier in his career, Hudson fell into hip-hop. “I realized that all the truths and wisdoms of hip hop, I could actually apply to my stuff. I was much more motivated by that … the discipline, the work approach and the pride.”

But Hudson’s new world with ‘Ye didn’t mesh too well with his old when the distance and change of pace strained his relationship with his girlfriend, who was still overseas. “The thing is, it kind of made us both realize we could live without each other. Even if you don’t want to, the fact that you realize you can is horrible. What brought me joy was bringing her misery.”

“I never meant to write a breakup album, but this one ended up being one,” Hudson said of his record, which drops in October. The singer admitted to the BoomBox that his music “is kind of all I have in a way” — and he’s proud of it.

“This album, it’s not just Kanye going, ‘Hm, I think I’ll find an English man,” Hudson said. “I’m an artist, there’s depth to the record, it’s not just a couple of features and filler.” We believe it.

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    Leslie Mann, Kanye West and Producer Judd Apatow at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express” on July 31, 2008 at Mann Village Theatre, CA..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express”.Mann Villate Theatre .Westwood, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage.com..To license this image (15941869), contact WireImage.com

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    Leslie Mann, Kanye West and Producer Judd Apatow at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express” on July 31, 2008 at Mann Village Theatre, CA..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express”.Mann Villate Theatre .Westwood, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage.com..To license this image (15941868), contact WireImage.com

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    Leslie Mann, Kanye West and Producer Judd Apatow at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express” on July 31, 2008 at Mann Village Theatre, CA..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express”.Mann Villate Theatre .Westwood, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage.com..To license this image (15941736), contact WireImage.com

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    Leslie Mann, Kanye West and Producer Judd Apatow at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express” on July 31, 2008 at Mann Village Theatre, CA..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express”.Mann Villate Theatre .Westwood, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage.com..To license this image (15941704), contact WireImage.com

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    Rapper Kanye West arrives to the premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” at Mann Village Theater on July 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” – Red Carpet and After Party.Mann Village Theater.Los Angeles, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.com..To license this image (15941046), contact WireImage.com

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    Rapper Kanye West arrives to the premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” at Mann Village Theater on July 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” – Red Carpet and After Party.Mann Village Theater.Los Angeles, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.com..To license this image (15941045), contact WireImage.com

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    Rapper Kanye West arrives to the premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” at Mann Village Theater on July 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” – Red Carpet and After Party.Mann Village Theater.Los Angeles, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.com..To license this image (15941043), contact WireImage.com

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    Kanye West arrives at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” at the Mann Village Theater on July 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” – Arrivals.Mann Village Theater.Los Angeles, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com..To license this image (15940839), contact WireImage.com

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    Kanye West arrives at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” at the Mann Village Theater on July 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” – Arrivals.Mann Village Theater.Los Angeles, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com..To license this image (15940836), contact WireImage.com

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    Kanye West arrives at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” at the Mann Village Theater on July 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” – Arrivals.Mann Village Theater.Los Angeles, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com..To license this image (15940835), contact WireImage.com

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