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 Cudi, Young Jeezy, Mr 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 hop, pop, 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).
|1.||“Say You Will“||Kanye West Jeff BhaskerJay Jenkins Malik Jones Benjamin McIldowie Dexter Mills||West||6:17|
|2.||“Welcome to Heartbreak” (featuring Kid Cudi)||West Bhasker Patrick Reynolds Scott Mescudi||West Bhasker[a]Plain Pat[a]||4:23|
|3.||“Heartless“||West Ernest Wilson Mescudi Jones||West No I.D.[a]||3:31|
|4.||“Amazing” (featuring Young Jeezy)||West Jones Mills Bhasker Jenkins||West Bhasker[a]||3:58|
|5.||“Love Lockdown“||West BhaskerJenny-Bea Englishman Jones LaNeah Menzies||West Bhasker[a]||4:30|
|6.||“Paranoid” (featuring Mr Hudson)||West Reynolds Mescudi Mills Bhasker||West Bhasker[a]Plain Pat[a]||4:37|
|7.||“RoboCop“||West Englishman Jones Mills Mescudi Anthony Williams Bhasker Faheem Najm Jenkins Patrick Doyle||West||4:34|
|8.||“Street Lights“||West Englishman Williams McIldowie||West Mr Hudson[a]||3:09|
|9.||“Bad News”||West George Bass||West||3:58|
|10.||“See You in My Nightmares” (featuring Lil Wayne)||West Wilson Bhasker Dwayne Carter||West No I.D.[a]||4:18|
|11.||“Coldest Winter“||West Wilson Roland Orzabal||West No I.D.[a]Bhasker[a]||2:45|
|12.||“Pinocchio Story (Freestyle Live from Singapore)” (hidden track)||West||West||6:01|