News: After Russell Simmons' Genius Accolade, Another Music Icon Bigs Up Kanye West

Friday, Jan 17, 2014 8:51AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

If Kanye West needed more assurance of his greatness he received it courtesy of rock music icon Bruce Springsteen who recently boasted about how incredible Yeezy is as an artist.

When asked for a take on Mr. West, Springsteen could not hold back on how much he loved Kanye's Yeezus summer album release.

"[He] is incredible. I mean, the record-making facility, there's a lot of hours in those records. 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." (NPR)

Recently, hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco called Kanye the best rapper alive.

"I think Kanye's the biggest artist in the world," Lupe added. "I think he's bigger than Drake, I think he's bigger than Wayne, I think he's bigger than Jay. I think his footprint, if he chose to do it, he'd be bigger than everybody if he really wanted to. That's just Lupe's personal opinion. I'll see you on Twitter later." ("Whoolywood Shuffle")

Back in late November, Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons wrote a blog post about Ye's genius characteristics.

"We will no longer be lost in the world and we will survive in this America. I believe these truths to be self-evident. That is what Kanye West told me on a cold morning in New York City just seven days ago. It is his genius, his tenacity, his creativity, his relentlessness and his madness, that will allow us all to one day have the ability to touch the sky." (Global Grind)

Late last year, Kanye detailed how much of a genius he really was.

"I would write creative genius when I go through the airport ... I would put that on customs [forms], where you put what your title is, except for two reasons: it takes too long to write and sometimes I spell the word genius wrong," he continued. (Hot 107.9)

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