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Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak Named One of the Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time

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Image Courtesy Def Jam RecordsKanye West is getting the credit he’s always craved. Rolling Stone has named the rapper’s 808s & Heartbreak one of their most “40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time” list.

“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,” the magazine’s description of the album reads. “However, over time it served as a new template for up-and-comers in hip-hop and R&B.”

West’s 2008 effort spawned hits like “Love Lock Down,” “Heartless,” “Amazing” and “Paranoid.”

The publication also includes Mary J. Blige’s What’s Tthe 411?, Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and Michael Jackson’s Thriller on its list.


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