Today In Hip-Hop: Kanye West Releases ’808s & Heartbreak’

On this day, November 24, in hip-hop history... 2008: Kanye West was having a tumultuous time after the release of his 2007 album, Graduation.  His mother, Donda West, passed away in November 2007 and his engagement with long time girlfriend, Alexis Phifer, ended in 2008.  West fell into a state of loneliness and depression, which influenced how he approached his next album. Departing from the sound of his previous work, West debuted the sound for the album 808’s and Heartbreak at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards with his performance of the album’s first single, “Love Lockdown.”  People were surprised by his ...

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