Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak (2008) Lyrics

808s & Heartbreak was Kanye West’s fourth album, and it was a base breaker as far as fans were concerned. The album was formed off the back of an extremely difficult time for West; his mother died and his relationship with on-and-off again girlfriend/fiancé Alexis Phiefer finally ended for good. Emotionally drained and feeling somewhat lost, Kanye dealt with his pain by channelling it into a sonically stripped-down album, one dominated by his use of the 808 drum machine and Auto-Tune.

Though it caused much skepticism when initially announced for its stylistic shift, it soon proved to be a hit as it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 450,145 in its first week. However, it’s influence wasn’t felt until much later on, as a new wave of artists influenced by the albums style would emerge, such as Kid Cudi, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and biggest of all, a certain Canadian actor turned musical superstar.


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