Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak - Kid Cudi - Lil Wayne - 2008 Hip Hop - Sealed 2LP + CD + Poster
Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
Label: Roc-A-Fella Records
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
CD, Album NEW
Contains two sided poster and lyric sheet.
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop
A1 Say You Will
A2 Welcome To Heartbreak Featuring - Kid Cudi
B1 Amazing Featuting - Young Jeezy
B2 Love Lockdown
B3 Paranoid Featuting - Mr. Hudson
C2 Street Lights
C3 Bad News
D1 See You In My Nightmares Featuring - Lil Wayne
D2 Coldest Winter
D3 Pinocchio Story (Freestyle Live From Singapore) (Bonus Track)
Credits: Artwork By - JP Robinson , KAWS
Co-producer - Jeff Bhasker (tracks: A2, B1 to B3, D2) , Mr. Hudson (tracks: C2) , No I.D. (tracks: A3, D1, D2) , Plain Pat (tracks: A2, B3)
Executive Producer - Carter Administration, The (tracks: A1 to D3) , Gee Robinson (tracks: A1 to D3) , Kanye West (tracks: A1 to D3) , Kayambo "Hip Hop" Joshua (tracks: A1 to D3)
Mastered By - Vlado Meller (tracks: A1 to D3)
Photography - Willy Vanderperre
Producer - Kanye West (tracks: A1 to D3)
Notes: Deluxe Collectors Set
RoboCop" embodies portions of "Kissing In The Rain" written by P. Doyle
"Bad News" contains a sample of the recording "See Line Woman" as performed by Nina Simone. Used under licence from Universal Music Enterprises. Used by permission. Written by George Bass
"Coldest Winter" embodies an interpolation of "Memories Fade" written by Roland Orzabal
"8O8s & Heartbreak" is an altogether very different beast to both those releases; having recently both lost his mother and ended up a longtime relationship with his fiancee, Kanye West isn't exactly in a partying mood here, to say the least. Yet, and it's what makes this record so satisfying, he still manages to entertain while expressing his utter sadness and pouring his deepest doubts over every song featured.
From the first few bars of "Say You Will", it's understood Kanye's probably unleashed his landmark piece of music this time: over a bleak, possibly new wavish rhythm synth, he croons in a desperate yet suggestive and seductive manner about the loss of his love. The much-publicized use of the auto-tune process, supposedly a limitation, in fact allows him more freedom than ever: some reviewer pointed out he's not Nas nor Guru (he actually barely raps on the whole LP, mind you), and heaven knows he ain't Marvin Gaye either, but if the spine-tingling lament that is "Heartless" or the broody hypnotic complaint the first single "Love Lockdown" manages to be fail to move you, then nothing ever will. On the only upbeat track, "Paranoid", Kanye West even delivers the most perfect slice of pop angst ever heard since, say, Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence" (yeah, that good). Perhaps only the quite blank "Robocop" is a relative failure, as every other song is a fascinating trip through this visionary artist's mind, even the somewhat rawer-sounding live freestyle "Pinocchio Story", that closes proceedings with an overwhelming tearjerking class.
Being very intimate, sounding entertaining at it and clearly conscious of what he does, somewhere between Kool & The Gang produced by New Order and the late and great Al Green stuck with The Neptunes in an elevator, Kanye West has achieved, minor weaknesses aside, a truly perfect pop album.