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What does Bruce Springsteen think of Kanye West?

By Nadia Noir

Kanye West might think he’s God, but Bruce Springsteen is the Boss. What does the veteran musician think of the controversial rapper who audiences love to hate, but that shows up on the playlists of people like Trent Reznor and Paul McCartney? He’s down with Yeezus, too.

In an interview about Springsteen’s new album High Hopes, the musician talked about how the urban plight poetry of hip-hop is something that runs parallel to Springsteen’s own style.

“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,” elaborated Springsteen. “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.”

Springsteen goes on to say that he finds West “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,” continues Springsteen. “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.”

Uh huh, honey.

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