Kanye West’s ‘808s & Heartbreak’ Named ‘Most Groundbreaking Album’ By Rolling Stone
Being the true genius he is, this shouldn't come as much of a shock. Kanye West's fourth album '808s & Heartbreak' has been crowned one of the most groundbreaking albums of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
In a list where only 40 albums made the cut and the earliest considered album was released back to 1940, West's '808s & Heartbreak,' which was released in 2008,' is the most recent album the publication considers groundbreaking.
West served as both an artist and producer on the critically-acclaimed album. Some tracks included on the collection were 'Heartless,' 'Welcome To Heartbreak' featuring Kid Cudi, 'Paranoid' featuring Mr. Hudson and 'Street Lights.'
The album peaked at the No. 1 spot on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts.
An excerpt of the review reads:
"Kanye West's Auto-Tune-heavy, emotionally naked fourth album came after a brutal year during which his mother died and his engagement broke up, but the album's cavernous sound and exposed-soul lyrics confused even those who had been aware of West's recent trials. Its core aesthetic was like nothing in hip-hop: freshly butchered feelings enumerated in detail, but masked by digital processing; beds of spare synths used to balance a mix of singing and rapping. However, over time it served as a new template for up-and-comers in hip-hop and R&B.
Drake cited West as his budding sound's "most influential person" when he was hustling mixtapes, while artists like Future further tweaked the idea of using Auto-Tune as a way to convey emotions that evoke too much feeling when spoken of explicitly."
Some other albums on Rolling Stone's Most Groundbreaking Albums of All-Time list include Mary J. Blige's 'What's The 411?,' Dr. Dre's 'The Chronic,' Public Enemy's 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back,' Run-DMC's self-titled album and Michael Jackson's 'Thriller.'