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A few years back, Kanye West was screaming about being the world’s new Disney. Now, he’s inspiring innovative people like Elon Musk.

The Tesla founder recently joked that he’s inspired by Kanye “obviously”… but maybe he’s serious?

During a Q&A at SXSW over the weekend, he was asked: “Everyone in this room is inspired by you. Who are you inspired by?”

“Well, Kanye West, obviously,” he replied without any hesitation.

The audience immediately blurted into laughter, but Musk kept a straight face.

According to Billboard, Musk is impressed by Kanye’s ability to push boundaries creatively.

This isn’t the first time the two were connected. In 2015, Musk wrote West’s profile story for TIME, when he was named one of the mag’s “100 Influential People”.