Kanye West – 808’s and Hearthbreak

11.11.08 9 years ago

Make sure you read the transcript of Kanye’s Conference Call about this album below:

I’m mad surprised Kanye hasn’t had a fit about most of the album leaking. You have to watch the people around you Ye.  RealTalkNY is not going to join that movement, go support Hip Hop! Props Necole

I just want thank everybody for their support first of all. I’m at a listening session playing my joint for the people in the UK. I love doing listening sessions because I feel like Christmas Day where parents get to see the kids opening up their gifts. Cause I feel like I try to give the gift of music. This album has been basically based off the devastation and the hurt that I’ve felt within the past year with all the losses that I’ve been through. It’s kind of settling in to sort’ve being this super famous alien where every where I go someone wants a f**kin’ photograph. It’s hard when you not really a celebrity, but you’re just a real person that just ended up being famous for your craft. What’s good is that it’s therapeutic for me, and it’s a better option than suicide to just keep putting out music and art. Of course I got a lot of backlash for my medium that I wanted to do this in.

I created a thing I call Heartbreak. It’s like a mixed drink. It’s auto tune, meets distortion with a little bit of delay on it, and a whole bunch of f*cked up life that I put onto records. That’s what I call my heartbreak, and that’s what every record basically has. I’m delivering what I feel is art and that’s what I want to deliver at this point from now on. With records like “Love Lockdown”, they might not have high hats and s**t like everything else has, but when I go out and be listening to Jimi Hendrix and the Stones and Lenny Kravitz, and they wouldn’t play no Hip Hop records in the midst of that. I feel like n*ggas be giving up on trying to make music on a Quincy Jones level. On this record I’m trying to improve my craft, and trying to push it to a level that no n*gga has ever made it to. No n*ggas have ever rocked 50,000, 100,000 people stadiums ten years after their records came out. And for anybody that saw the tour, you know my goal is to take it a whole other level. Today we’re about to drop one of the records that everybody’s talking about, “Amazing” featuring Jeezy. It’s definitely one of those joints in the club that’s gonna go crazy. That’s gonna send it up like we did with “Swagger” like we did with “Put On” and like :We always do it this time”. This is what my job is. My job is to give y’all sh*t that has the model b*tches running crazy and has n*ggas bobbing their heads crazy like “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’” and “Flashin’ Lights”. Of course I always hit them with a curve to start off with. Y’all know that “Heartless”, that’s straight n*gga sh*t. The whole album you can rap over at the end of the day, but I’m trying to put on those Phil Collins’ melodies. Even if I’m harmonizing, it’s still from a n*gga perspective. I ain’t making no, “‘girl, your nails are the perfect nails, you the perfect-’” naw, this ain’t none of that. This is still 100%t rap perspective music with melody.

I came on this call to thank everybody for their support on “Love Lockdown” it sold over a million on itunes thus far. B*tches love it and n*ggas love to watch b*tches dance to it. And I’m sorry, for any female djs (that’s on the call) “Young ladies like it”. This album is really from my heart. It’s an art project and I just appreciate everybody. For the people who are mad that I’m not rapping right now, thank you very much for allowing me to sit on this very therapeutic couch while I let this one off and get out what I need to get out. There’s rumors that there’s another album coming in June, I’m not going to put that pressure on myself. I’ll probably come with another tour in June though. That’s where I’m at in my life right now, and I really wanted to release this music and I forced L.A. to give me this release date. I was like, ‘don’t f*ckin’ wait months and months to try to set it up. Just give people the music.’ I’m constantly making music. We’re almost finished with Jay’s album. We were almost finished before I even started making my album. Jay’s album is coming in February, the new Wayne special packaging before Christmas. We got a new record on there together, so we still got a bunch of sh*t coming. But I just said all of that to say thank you, and that’s about it.

*Moderator asked about Album being pushed up to November 24th*

The label moved it up to get more Thanksgiving sales and they called and told me to say I moved it up because of all the excitement. But I don’t do that sh*t. The label moved it up to try to get more sales and sh*t. I’m excited about the album. Also, I gotta say “Robocop” is completely different on the album. “Anyway” is different and I did not leak those. I did not leak the “Heartless” video. The only sh*t I leaked is “Heartless” and “Love Lockdown”, those are the only joints I actually put out. I don’t know who it is but basically the label moved it up. They’re trying to get more sales and sh*t. If I get the sales then cool but if I don’t “hey”. I’ll share the burden cause I’ve been a cocky motherf*cker and talked my sh*t and all that, and people would love to see me not sale, but that’s the way life is. Hopefully I can sell. We’ve been doing pretty good with the singles we’ve been dropping and we moved it up a day and we’ll probably get more sales because of it.


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