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Format: CD
Sku: 209891726
UPC: 602517872790
UPC 14: 00602517872790
Release Date: 11/24/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Say You Will ~ Kanye West
2. Welcome To Heartbreak ~ Kanye West
3. Heartless ~ Kanye West
4. Amazing ~ Kanye West
5. Love Lockdown ~ Kanye West
6. Paranoid ~ Kanye West
7. RoboCop ~ Kanye West
8. Street Lights ~ Kanye West
9. Bad News ~ Kanye West
10. See You In My Nightmares ~ Kanye West
11. Coldest Winter ~ Kanye West
12. Hidden Track ~ Kanye West
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Following a 2008 of misfortune (the death of his mother, the dissolution of his engagement), hip-hop's enigmatic impresario Kanye West returns, a bit more somber, slightly more urgent, but still pushing boundaries, on his fourth record, 808S & HEARTBREAK. From the first track, the sprawling, drum-n-bass-propelled "Say You Will," and from the ubiquitous lead single, the propulsive "Love's Lockdown," it is clear that West is venturing further into the electronic sound he explored on GRADUATION.
Muze PNote West has decreed that all beats on 808S be derived from the Roland TR-808 for a more "tribal feel," and he distorts his voice at will, producing a surreal sound, one bordering on a robot having a mental breakdown. On this adventurous album, West is King Lear's Edgar, a sharp-minded philosopher lost in the forest of despair, unsure how to react, how to perceive reality. That's not to say that he's simply wallowing, even on the most despondent "Welcome to Heartbreak," a tribute to his mother. While 808S is an album that may be challenging at times, it's also often hypnotic and unquestionably catchy--basically, everything one might want from a Kanye West album.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Kid Cudi
Muze Guest Artist Young Jeezy
Muze Guest Artist Mr. Hudson
Muze Guest Artist Lil Wayne

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Quality (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Damita Jo (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Neighborhood Watch (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Kamikaze (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Be (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Doctor's Advocate (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Doctor's Advocate(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Gospel According To Patti Labelle
Muze Music Compilations Lethal Squad Mixtapes Dose #3
Muze Music Compilations Shine
Muze Music Compilations Exclusive (forever Edition)(Bonus Tracks)(w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations We Global
Muze Music Compilations We Global(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Universal Mind Control (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations In A Perfect World
Muze Music Compilations Evolver
Muze Music Compilations The Best Of NOW That's What I Call Music - 10th Anniversary Edition
Muze Music Compilations Yes We Can: Voices Of A Grassroots Movement
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 10
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits 2
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Limited Edition)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits 3
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Club Hits
Muze Music Compilations Man On The Moon:End Of Day (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Man On The Moon:End Of Day
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Ultraviolet(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultraviolet(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now 32
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail [PA]
Muze Music Compilations Love Life Loyalty(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations No Boys Allowed(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations No Mercy (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 12
Muze Music Compilations Finally Famous:album
Muze Music Compilations Finally Famous:album(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Music 38
Muze Music Compilations Finally Famous(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday
Muze Music Compilations Kiss The Ring(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Kiss The Ring
Muze Music Compilations Kiss The Ring (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Kiss The Ring(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Bling Ring (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dance Mix Usa (Continuous Dj Mix)
Muze Music Compilations HONEST(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday
Muze Music Compilations Hfm2 (Hunger For More 2)
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Madonna-Sticky and Sweet Tour
Muze Music Compilations Ultra 2010
Muze Music Compilations Love Vs Money(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Death Of Adam(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations VIRTUOSITY(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fear Of God:let Us Pray(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations HONEST(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

Estelle
J. Period
G.O.O.D. Music: Remixed and Unreleased [PA] ~ J. Period
Jay-Z
Watch the Throne [PA] ~ Jay-Z
Watch the Throne [Deluxe Edition] [PA] [Digipak] ~ Jay-Z
Watch the Throne [Clean Version] ~ Jay-Z

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/01/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1787279
Music Label Name Label : Roc-A-Fella (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602517872790

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.92)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Thankfully, there are those 808s. Kanye constructed the songs using a classic Roland TR-808 drum machine, and the results are a pleasant shock: stark, spacey tracks, which owe far more to Eighties electro and synth pop than anything on hip-hop radio."

Entertainment Weekly (p.71)
- "[H]is flair for wordplay remains gratifyingly intact....He offers this glimpse of the soul beneath the swagger, and we like him better for it." -- Grade: A-

The Wire (p.66)
- "[H]is lyrics he tempers with humour, and these enormous tracks, built like New Orleans blues-like dirges, have the soft touches of piano and chords given the full sustain."

Billboard (p.41)
- "Sonically, West pushes the envelope by relying on the drum machine from which the album takes its title, as well as the ever-popular vocoder."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.104)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "808S AND HEARTBREAKS' bravery makes it compelling...it feels honest....It is his most fascinating, and bewildering, record to date."

Blender (Magazine)
(p.82)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] chunk of emotional permafrost -- a beautiful soundtrack for a long, harsh winter....He's found a way to turn numbness into art."

Clash (magazine)
(p.102)
- "Given the reduced palette with which Kanye is working, it's amazing there is such a spectrum of styles and influences covered."

Bio

Kanye West

"I'm depressed," says Kanye West.

Strange, perhaps, for a 28-year-old who is arguably the most important creative force in hip-hop music today, recently named to Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world, but West -- the perpetual underdog -- is still fighting for his life, currently pitched in heated battle with the latest 800-pound gorilla in the corner: Himself. "It's hard when people are depending on you to have an album that's not just good, but inspired," continues West. "I mean, my music isn't just music -- it's medicine. I want my songs to touch people, to give them what they need. Every time I make an album, I'm trying to make a cure for cancer, musically. That stresses me out!"

If "Diamonds from Sierra Leone," the stunning first single from Late Registration, Kanye's forthcoming sophomore effort on Roc-A-Fella Records, is any indication, the gorilla should be stressed.

"Diamonds" is signature Kanye West: Over a heavy groove and sped-up soul sample, courtesy of Shirley Bassey's classic "Diamonds Are Forever," Kanye's unusual, conversational flow sounds sharper than ever, weaving his offbeat witticisms into a paean, a love-letter for The R.O.C. Sweeping and cinematic, the track's rich instrumentation -- a product of his collaboration with producer-extraordinaire Jon Brion -- and dense subject matter is a unexpected first look into West's new project. And he wouldn't have it any other way.

Kanye West -- the self-proclaimed "International Asshole" -- has been inviting, confronting, and overcoming challenge since the beginning.

No matter who you are or where you lived in 2004 -- if you owned a radio, television, computer or CD player, you felt Kanye West's presence. Since the release of his 3 million selling, critically acclaimed-debut The College Dropout, the Chicago-born 27 year old rapper/producer/hip-hop icon has been at the top of the charts and at the top of his game. From the red carpet of the 47th Grammys -- where he topped all nominees with a historic ten nods and took home awards for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best R&B song -- to the millions of albums sold, a sold-out stadium tour with Usher, and his ubiquitous presence on MTV, BET, CNN, and radio stations nationwide, West grew from being an artist to watch to an artist you experience.

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   West,Kanye
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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