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808s & Heartbreak is an anomaly in the pop landscape: a nearly extemporaneous work that hews to its author’s emotional and creative needs rather than audience expectations. Precipitated by the death of West’s mother and his subsequent split with his fiancé, 808s & Heartbreak is a radical departure from Kanye’s career trajectory. Where Late Registration and Graduation presented a parade of colours delivered with a self-deprecating sense of humour, 808s is cold and mechanical. Despite its icy sheen though, the undercurrent of loss and despair comes through the strange grooves of “Love Lockdown”, “Coldest Winter”, and “Welcome To Heartbreak”. At times the album seems one-dimensional, but its significance comes as much from its concept and its audacity as it does from the music itself. For Kanye to take his art in a drastically different direction just as his superstardom is at its zenith shows an uncommon amount of courage. Though 808s & Heartbreak will not go down as the fullest realisation of West’s musical talent, it may go down as the most important statement in the man’s career.

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Different but good

A lot of people will take some time to warm to this album but its worth listening to. Best tracks are Heartless, Paranoid and Coldest Winter.

Different...but the talent shines through

It's 1 in the morning, I stayed up so I could download this as soon as it was ready. Half way through the album and I am pretty impressed, even though Kanye's singing skills are very limited, he does a good job here, of working well with the songs and using his rhymic talent with them also apparent on songs like love lockdown, heartless and street lights (or not) . I am a big kanye fan so when I heard this would all be done in auto-tune i was skeptical and I still kind of am, because its not the kanye Im used to, not to say its crap though, cause its not, its just very different. New comers to this mans work will probably like it quite a bit Old kanye fans, will probably find it a take it or leave it experience... its up to you

I have listened to this album like 3 times already!

Completely unique, there are going to be some huge hits on this album, Paranoid! I am going to be listening to this album non-stop for weeks! Such good beats! Buy it, love it!


Born: 08 June 1977 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

In the span of three short years, Kanye West went from hip-hop beatmaker to worldwide hitmaker, as his stellar production work for Jay-Z led to a major-label recording contract and, ultimately, a wildly successful solo career. West paired his beats with tongue-twisting raps and a self-assured, flamboyant personality. His dapper fashion sense set him apart from many of his rap peers, and his confidence often came across as boastful or even egotistical, albeit amusingly so. This flamboyance, of course,...
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