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Labrinth compares Simon Cowell to an "uncle"

Labrinth, whose single, 'Earthquake' will be released on October 23, has said that Simon Cowell is like an uncle. 

The London singer was signed by Cowell's record label, Syco, in 2010 and he says, in an interview with the Evening Standard, that this move helped him go from producer to artist:

"I was just about to sign for one of the majors - and fortunately Simon got involved. Simon was thinking about using me as a producer for some of the artists. And then they heard my stuff. They saw my swagger and they were like: 'you're an artist, man, what's going on?' It was the best place for me to go. Simon was very welcoming"

He goes on to say that The X Factor creator provides him with the resources he needs for his career:

"A lot of people talk about Simon like he's my boss. But I look at it as more of Simon being an uncle, because an uncle provides the resources that you need. As an artist, he's not telling me what to do, he's giving me what I need in order to do what I want to do. That's helpful for me".

The rapper mentions Cowell in 'Earthquake':

"We got the bass banging from here to Buckingham Palace, they're all moving. Hey Simon, we're f**king them up, turning them Syco, everybody rock, let's bring the house down to rubble and dust, cuz we be f**king it up"

Check out the audio for Labrinth's 'Earthquake', which features Tinie Tempah, and the earlier collaboration of the two artists on Tinie's 'Pass Out':