Coldplay singer Chris Martin has a "thing" for rappers since they motivate him and his band. The frontman bros down with Jay-Z, worked with Kanye West on Ye's 2008 single 'Homecoming' and even duets with Rihanna on 'Princess of China' from 'Mylo Xyloto.' Ri's not a rapper, but she comes from that world. Clearly, Martin is engaged in a full-blown affair with the urban world and in his typical, self-deprecating and cheekily British sense of humor, he admitted that his band is motivated to be better, thanks to West's greatness.

Martin told The Sun (quotes via, "I'm always looking at Kanye West and he's moving so fast, doing such amazing work that I want to keep chasing him for a while. I don't want to give up just yet.'' West once said that Coldplay are better than the Beatles, so the love fest is indeed mutual.

The desire to chase after Yeezy (as he is known in the rap and pop world) keeps Coldplay honest and Martin admitted that even if his massively popular band starts to experience a decline in popularity or an atrophying fanbase, they won't split up or go their separate ways. "There might be an end to our popularity but I think there won't be an end to our teamness or gangship, camaraderie," Martin said.

The members of Coldplay are clearly in it for the long haul. Speaking of long hauls, the band is currently on a North American tour and remains on the road through November, when their year wraps in Australia. The band will return to its native England to close the 2012 Paralympic Games on Sept. 9.