808s & Heartbreak is the fourth studio album by Chicago recording artist Kanye West, released on November 24, 2008, by Roc-A-Fella Records. It was recorded during September and October 2008 at Glenwood Studios in Burbank, California and Avex Recording Studio in Honolulu, Hawaii, with the help of producers No I.D., Jeff Bhasker and others.

Conceived in the wake of a series of distressing personal events, 808s & Heartbreak marked a major musical departure for West from his previous rap records, instead featuring a sparse, electronic sound and West singing through an Auto-Tune vocal processor. His lyrics explored themes of loss, alienated fame, and heartache, while the album's production abandoned conventional hip hop sounds in favor of a minimalist sonic palette, which included prominent use of the titular Roland TR-808 drum machine. Despite varying responses from audiences, the album received positive reviews from most critics and was named one of 2008's best records in several year-end lists.

808s & Heartbreak debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 450,145 copies in its first week. By 2013, it had sold 1.7 million copies in the United States. Four singles were released to promote the record, including the hit singles "Love Lockdown" and "Heartless". In the years since its release, 808s & Heartbreak has been cited as a prominent influence on subsequent hip hop, pop, and R&B music, as a new wave of rappers, singers, and producers came to adopt aspects of its style and thematic content. In 2014, Rolling Stone named it one of the 40 most groundbreaking albums of all time

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The legendary God MC Jay-Z Released his 8th solo studio album "The Black Album" which was said and thought to be his retirement album back on November 14th of 2003. Although Hova returned with 4 solo studio albums as well as a 4th collaborative album with long time colaborator Kanye West.  The world was not disapointed with his return after giving us classics on the Black Album like Encore, 99 Problems, Threat, Lucifer, What More Can I Say, Allure and Dirt Off Your Shoulder. This album also marked Jay-Z and the Hip-Hop's transition to maturity from baggy throwback jersey's to the button up shirt with the hit single Change Clothes. Needless to say this was yet another Classic LP for the S. Carter, Keep going Hov!

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Kanye West launched Season 4 of his clothing line yesterday (Sept 8) in New York and aired it live on Tidal. 

The Season 4 fashion show location was a secret until the day of and attendees had to be shuttled there. The secret location was revealed to be Four Freedoms Park an abandoned smallpox hospital on Roosevelt Island.

Many of the people attending expressed their dissatisfaction with the event and how everything worked out. These frustrated attendees vented on Twitter and  took pictures critiquing the fact that the event seemed unorganized and that the models looked miserable and hot. 

"Model passed out in the heat is given water by man in the audience but no one on the #YeezySeason4 team helps," said Stella Bugby, editorial director of The Cut.  

Among the list of complaints is the fact that the show started late and people had to wait in the heat. The show was suppose to start at 3 but didn't actually start until around 5. Not to mention the fact that Kanye West was late to his own fashion show. 

It was reported that Kanye was late because he was involved in a fender bender on his way to the show and he's blaming the sun for the heat seeing as how it's still summer. 

Despite all the complaints there were some that genuinely appreciated this new line created by Kanye. 

“Lots of shoes breaking today at #YEEZYSEASON4 — But the clothes look good!” said fashion writer Zach Weiss in a live tweet during the event.

Watching the show online the event looked really cool. Rows and rows of models in every shade of black that Kanye could find wearing clothes that appear to be a peak into the future of fashion. 

In the model casting call for this fashion show Kanye requested "multiracial women" to come audition with no make up and that explains exactly what we got to witness. 

Some women were sitting and some were standing it looks like it was designed to be that way, but attendees of the event are saying that this was because women were exhausted and one is reported to have fainted because of the heat. 

The event had plenty of celebrity attendees including: Anna Wintour, Pharrel, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Pusha T, and a few members the Kardashian Family. 

Fans of Kanye seemed to have enjoyed the event, accepted it for what it was, and saw this event as another display of Kanye's artsy mind.  

“The thing is, he's an artist. So it's kind of hard to approach it from a fashion perspective … You have to appreciate it as a happening and an experience,” said Paper Magazine editorial director Michael Boardman in an interview with ET. 

Among the models we got to see the star of his recent video "Fade" Teyana Taylor walk the runway in a Kanye West original. 

In other Kanye West news it looks like Adidas will be working with him to open up a new Kanye themed store. Kanye says that he wants 200 stores but the first will definitely be in California close to where he lives so that he can go and visit and check on the store. 

Kanye says that he doesn't consider what he is doing as fashion and sees it more as apparel because it doesn't have the same constraints as fashion. 

“I want to make pieces that can be timeless,” he said. “Pieces that you can pick up out of a vintage store in 20 years and say, ‘Wow, I’m happy I have this.' ” 

One of the major concerns that people have with Kanye's apparel is that the price is too high but Kanye says that he is working to fix this problem.

"I’m very focused on trying to make things far more affordable, far more beautiful, and for far more people," West said.

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