Bruce Springsteen recent sat down with NPR and praised Kanye West for his social commentary and intricate record-making talents. He considers West a "perfectionist," similar to himself, noting the similarities both share while crafting timeless music by any means necessary. "I mean some of these, there's like, just the production," says Springsteen. "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."

Springsteen then went on to talk sampling, the importance of consuming music without classifying genre, and also his admiration for hip-hop acts Public Enemy, The Notorious B.I.G., and Tupac. "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, " says Springsteen. "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 ..."

[via NPR]