Bruce Springsteen Champions Kanye West, Public Enemy, Tupac & Biggie

Bruce Springsteen calls Kanye West's "Blood On The Leaves" fantastic and discusses performing on the same bill as Jay Z.

Bruce Springsteen admits that he is not "well-versed" in Hip Hop, but he recently discussed the various artists within the genre that he appreciates. In a recent interview, which was published by NPR, Springsteen references several rappers, Rap songs and explains his appreciation for many emcees. During the conversation, Springsteen is asked if Hip Hop is a culture that he's embraced over the years.

"Well, it was so present," Springsteen says in the piece. "At one moment particularly you had [Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel's] 'White Lines [Don't Don't Do It]' 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.

"I mean some of these, there's like, just the production," Springsteen continues. "I saw [West] on television. He did the song called 'Blood on the Leaves' ... It was fantastic. 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." 

During the interview, Springsteen also spoke about the 2012 Barack Obama campaign concert that featured him along with Jay Z. 

"Jay Z and I performed together for President Obama in Ohio and we were both on the same bill," Springsteen says in the interview. "I was playing acoustic and he had his group, you know. And the audience was filled with some of his fans and some of my fans. And his was a big arena — it was like 20,000 people. There were actually some people who'd probably come to see the president, right? So I'm coming out first and I'm gonna play acoustically and it was, you know, I thought 'Promised Land' and I thought maybe 'Land of Hopes and Dreams.' And it was fascinating as I watched the crowd who — I knew a lot of them had not heard my music before — but who understood the language I was speaking in because it was very gospel-based — you know, 'Promised Land' — and the issues that were involved. So that was a fascinating afternoon. It was a great afternoon for me because I got to stand onstage and there were young black kids and there were some older black folks. It was very, you know, multiracial and it was just a great afternoon. And I got to watch people sort of experience some of this, my songs in their bare bones for the first time." 

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  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    I use to fuck Julia Perry right in her butthole, she a mad hoe

    • Anonymous

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  • Lord Jamar

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  • hiphop is pathetic

    rappers should take notice. Bruce is a real musian not somebody who steals music from others and sings over it. Also Bruce has good lyrics instead those bullshit lrycs about how much money you have and coke you sold.

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    • Anonymous

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  • Dub

    Fuck you haters. This man cares about real people. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQMqWAiWPMs I personally don't forget shit like this. R.I.P. Amadou Diallo.

  • MosquitoSmasher

    Really cool to read this. I remember his song 41 shots, the black guy that got well...hit by 41 shots in total by police. I really dig a lot of Bruce's songs. A damn good artist.

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  • Anonymous

    Bruce is a piece of shit, 50 asked him for a feature and he refused.

    • Anonymous

      the reason he does not do a song with 50 Cent is because 50 Cent is a horrible person and weak rapper. Bruce Springsteen is a legend and 50 is garbage

    • rdcj

      LOL both of the Anonymous comments are pathetic. Not a real big fan of Bruce but I give him mad respect for understanding our culture and fighting for the peoples rights in all walks of life.

    • Anonymous

      Bruce is a crusty turd anyway he fell off and is out of touch with Rap music.

    • Willy holdin

      So you're mad cause he won't do a song with your favourite rapper. Good on him, perhaps he felt the artistic differences were too vast. I appreciate his artistic integrity for saying no.

  • Disclosure

    I remember when Tupac's Me against The World album came out & hit #1 on the Hip Hop, Pop, & R&B Charts & Billboards Chart. Beating Bruce Springsteen who was #2 with his album. Album did all that, while Tupac was in prison. becoming the first artist to have a number one album while serving a prison sentence. #BOSS

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