Kanye West "808s & HEARTBREAK" Heartfelt and Groovalicious All At the Same Time

This past weekend Kayne West had previewed his entire forthcoming album “808s & HEARTBREAK” on his myspace page.

This is his fourth studio album, following his first three releases 2004’s “The College Dropout,” 2005’s “Late Registration,” and last year’s “Graduation.” The first two albums generated a total of six Grammy Awards, including consecutive wins for Best Rap Album of 2004 and 2005, and Best Rap Song of 2004 (“Jesus Walks” and 2005 “Diamonds from Sierra Leone”). Graduation debuted at 1 on 956,936 first week sales, the biggest Soundscan debut by any album since Kanye’s own Late Registration two years before – and the biggest debut in Island Def Jam history. Graduation generated three Grammy Awards: Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song (“Good Life”), and Best Rap Solo Performance (“Stronger”).

As the title suggests, this album centers on love and breakups. With the emotional, relationship-focued lyrics and the predominant use of the Roland TR-808 drum machine, the album conveys a duality of both agonizing heartbreak, while still producing tracks that are very danceable.

“Love Lockdown,” “RoboCop,” and “Coldest Winter” exemplify this. These songs are somewhat of a contraction; they are lyrically heartfelt and sad, while at the same time musically upbeat.

This album is clearly a culmination of the painful events that have happened to West earlier this year; the loss of his mother, breaking off his engagement with his fiance, and having to deal with the media scrutiny he was subject to after his newfound pop success. From his trauma, Kayne West has created an impressive album that demonstrates his extensive musical styling. Get it now on Kanye West !

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