Kanye West – 808s and Heartbreak [2 LP and 1 CD] Collectors Edition (2008)

Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak vinyl


Kanye West – 808s and Heartbreak

808s & Heartbreak is the fourth studio album by American producer and vocalist Kanye West. It was released on November 24, 2008, by Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records. West recorded the album during September and October 2008 at Glenwood Studios in Burbank, California and Avex Recording Studio in Honolulu, Hawaii, with the help of producers No I.D.Jeff Bhasker, and others. Guest vocalists on the album include Kid CudiYoung JeezyMr Hudson, and Lil Wayne.

Conceived in the wake of several distressing personal events, 808s & Heartbreak marked a major musical departure from West’s previous rap records, instead featuring a sparse, electronic sound and vocals sung through an Auto-Tune processor. The production also abandons conventional hip hop sounds in favor of a minimalist sonic palette, with prominent use of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. West’s lyrics explore themes of loss, alienated fame, and heartache, inspired by the breakup with his fiancée, his struggles with pop stardom, and the death of his mother.

808s & Heartbreak debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling just over 450,000 copies in its first week. Despite varying responses from listeners, the album received positive reviews from most music critics, who generally commended West’s experimentation, and was named one of 2008’s best records in several year-end lists. Four singles were released in promotion, including the hit singles “Love Lockdown“, which became West’s highest Billboard Hot 100 debut of his career, and “Heartless“. Despite its positive critical reception, the album was largely overlooked as a contender for the 52nd Grammy Awards, although the single “Amazing” received a nomination in the category of Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

In the years since its release, 808s & Heartbreak has since been cited as a prominent influence on subsequent hip hoppop, and R&B music, pioneering emo rap and experimental R&B developments in particular. This was due to a new wave of rappers, singers, and producers coming to adopt aspects of its style and thematic content. Rolling Stone included 808s & Heartbreak in its list of “The 40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time” and ranked it number 244 on its revision to the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. By 2013, the album had sold 1.7 million copies in the United States and in 2020 was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Tracklisting

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1.Say You WillKanye West Jeff BhaskerJay Jenkins Malik Jones Benjamin McIldowie Dexter MillsWest6:17
2.Welcome to Heartbreak” (featuring Kid Cudi)West Bhasker Patrick Reynolds Scott MescudiWest Bhasker[a]Plain Pat[a]4:23
3.HeartlessWest Ernest Wilson Mescudi JonesWest No I.D.[a]3:31
4.Amazing” (featuring Young Jeezy)West Jones Mills Bhasker JenkinsWest Bhasker[a]3:58
5.Love LockdownWest BhaskerJenny-Bea Englishman Jones LaNeah MenziesWest Bhasker[a]4:30
6.Paranoid” (featuring Mr Hudson)West Reynolds Mescudi Mills BhaskerWest Bhasker[a]Plain Pat[a]4:37
7.RoboCopWest Englishman Jones Mills Mescudi Anthony Williams Bhasker Faheem Najm Jenkins Patrick DoyleWest4:34
8.Street LightsWest Englishman Williams McIldowieWest Mr Hudson[a]3:09
9.“Bad News”West George BassWest3:58
10.See You in My Nightmares” (featuring Lil Wayne)West Wilson Bhasker Dwayne CarterWest No I.D.[a]4:18
11.Coldest WinterWest Wilson Roland OrzabalWest No I.D.[a]Bhasker[a]2:45
12.“Pinocchio Story (Freestyle Live from Singapore)” (hidden track)WestWest6:01

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