Both Bruce Springsteen and Kanye West are undeniably two of the most iconic American artists of our time, though the Boss has certainly spent a few more years in the industry than the hip-hop icon. However, West's latest work remains no less impressive to Springsteen, as the rocker revealed during a tour of his iTunes library.
In conversation with Variety, Springsteen expressed his admiration of West's ever-changing 2016 release The Life of Pablo, calling it "an amazing creation, especially the arrangements." The Boss's hip-hop diet also includes the soundtrack to Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, of which Springsteen said "the show was fantastic."
Elsewhere, Springsteen revealed that he and his son are big fans of the National, in addition to Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Sufjan Stevens and Lana Del Rey. "I love her," Springsteen said of Del Rey, "especially the extended version of her first record [Born to Die: The Paradise Edition]."
Springsteen also shared his thoughts on the songwriting of noted West adversary Taylor Swift, revealing that his daughter took him to see her in concert.
"[Swift's] audience experiences her songwriting very, very personally, and I think she's speaking to a large part of them very personally," he said. "As far as craft, [her songs are] really, really well-built and well-made; they're very, very sturdy, and the records are too. I admire the modern record-making craft and modern songwriting. It's not necessarily something I'm driving around listening to in my car 24-7 — I'm too old, I tend to listen to older music."
You can find the interview with Springsteen here.
Delve into Kanye's back catalogue via Umusic.