“Kanye West, for me, is one of the greatest if not the greatest performers, entertainers, musicians of all-time. He’s right up there with the greats, and people may not recognize it today. But I promise you a few years from today we’re going to look back and say, 'Oh my god, what an amazing, amazing talent.' People love Kanye for sure, but he’s great, great. I mean on the level of Prince. But modern day, he's hip-hop. He's not the same thing. He doesn’t play guitar, he doesn't play piano. He's not that kind of performer, but for hip-hop he is a king."
--Veteran record executive turned “X-Factor” judge L.A. Reid on Kanye West serving as a modern day version of singer-songwriter Prince. (Access Hollywood)