Apparently it seems that everyone is a fan of Kanye West. President Barack Obama, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, and Paul McCartney all come to mind, but you can now add Bruce Springsteen to the list. In an interview with NPR, the Boss admits to being a fan of Kanye West’s music, commenting on the production and “fascinating record-making.”
In the interview, Ann Powers asks Springsteen what his relationship to hip-hop is as he has some knowledge of hip-hop through making beats with his record producer Tim O’ Brien.
Well it was so present, you know. At one moment particularly you had “White Lines” and this was stuff that was talking about what was going on in the streets and in the inner cities with people who were struggling. And that was something that, I mean, I had my own context for that, you know, that I wrote about it in my own way. But it was the music that came along and gave voice to those things outside of what was then considered a protest music context, you know, and did so really beautifully. And so, you know, I’m not well-versed in it but I have listened over the years. You know, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., I listened to Tupac, I listen to Kanye West. Kanye West is incredible, you know. I mean, the record-making facility, you know, there’s a lot of hours in those records and they’re …
He’s a perfectionist like you.
I mean some of these, there’s like, just the production. And I saw him on television, he did the song called “Blood on the Leaves” on the Later…With Jools Holland — it was fantastic, you know. He’s a very, I still find him very interesting. I’m not necessarily driving [to] it in my car, you know. I probably fall back on the stuff that I listened to as a kid or something if I’m driving around. But I do listen. I listen to a lot because there’s a lot of information in it and it’s just fascinating record-making.