But Bolton admitted to host Abby Huntsman on HuffPost Live on Friday that he had to initally ask his children who Kanye was -- and offered up his real opinion on the "Watch The Throne" collaborators and the state of rap music today.
"What do I think of Kanye now? I think he's a very talented guy, and I'd like to see him chill a little bit," he said.
On his unlikely 2013 collaboration with Kid Cudi and transcending genre, Bolton added: "Kid Cudi invited me onto his new album and I did 'Afterwards' with him, it was fun. I think he's great. His energy is the right energy to me. Going back to Kanye and Jay-Z -- and Jay-Z I happen to be a big fan of -- in general, rap can push the wrong buttons with me primarily because of the association and the suggestion of a certain value of women. That's my biggest issue with rap. There's a kind of diminishing of self-esteem involved in embracing some of it."