Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak - CD

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"808s & Heartbreak" is the fourth studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West, released on November 24, 2008. The album marked a significant departure from West's previous work, both musically and thematically. It is characterized by its heavy use of Auto-Tune, melancholic themes, and a departure from traditional hip-hop production in favor of a more electronic and experimental sound.

The title "808s & Heartbreak" refers to the Roland TR-808 drum machine and the emotional turmoil West was experiencing during the album's creation, including the death of his mother and a highly publicized breakup. The album is known for its introspective and emotionally charged lyrics, dealing with themes of heartbreak, loss, and vulnerability.

The sound of the album is heavily influenced by synth-pop, R&B, and electronic music, with minimalistic and atmospheric production. The use of Auto-Tune on West's vocals gives the album a distinct and haunting quality, contributing to its emotional impact.

Some of the standout tracks on the album include "Love Lockdown," a heavily Auto-Tuned anthem about heartbreak and self-discovery, and "Heartless," a synth-driven track with a catchy chorus. The album also features collaborations with artists like Kid Cudi and Young Jeezy.

While "808s & Heartbreak" initially received mixed reviews, it has since been recognized as a groundbreaking and influential work that played a key role in shaping the sound of contemporary hip-hop and R&B. It paved the way for artists to experiment with emotion-driven, genre-blurring music, and its impact can be seen in subsequent releases across various genres. The album's unique approach and willingness to break with convention have contributed to its lasting legacy in the music industry.

Track Listing

  1. Say You Will
  2. Welcome to Heartbreak
  3. Heartless
  4. Amazing
  5. Love Lockdown
  6. Paranoid
  7. Robocop
  8. Street Lights
  9. Bad News
  10. See You in My Nightmares
  11. Coldest Winter
  12. Pinocchio Story (Freestyle)

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