News: Kanye Previews "808s & Heartbreak," Promises Another Album In June

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2008 1:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Kanye West

With built-up hype over his highly anticipated album 808's and Heartbreak, Kanye West has finally unveiled details about what fans may expect from his fourth solo release.

Offering a select panel of journalists and guests to attend the exclusive listening session, West selected Italian artist Vanessa Beecroft to set the stage as attendees were given a first-ever listen to Ye's full album.

According to The Fader, the audience was greeted to an unusual setting as Beecroft's artistry was in full effect helping illustrate West's mind set for his new album.

"After waiting in a loading area with an open bar and a DJ, we walked up a driveway illuminated by florescent lights to a darkened room where approximately forty nude women, most of them wearing face-obscuring masks seemingly made of faux lamb's wool, stood in the middle -- black girls in the front, white girls in the back," a Fader journalist wrote. "Mos Def sat down front-and-center, Michael Rapaport talked excitedly to the security guards, Will.i.am watched from one end of the U the audience formed around the women, Rick Ross watched from the other end." 

While hinting at a few guest appearances including the only rap verse coming courtesy of Young Jeezy on "Amazing" and a duet with Lil' Wayne, Fader also offered their views on what the project aims for.

"Once the album ended with "Coldest Winter" -the one song on the album about his mother, the rest of this breakup album is about "someone else- West appeared with a microphone," Fader wrote. "West delivered a monologue about how this album is about the freedom to do what you want to do and that he used Auto-Tune because it is the most fun thing ever."

Other accounts by attendees like journalists from Myspace's A Place For Hip Hop also offered a variety of paraphrased words from Mr. West himself including his decision to sing throughout the entire disc.

"If I wanna rap, I'll rap," he said. "If I wanna sing, I'll sing. I told Jay, L.A Reid and everyone at my label that I needed to put this out right now, I'll have another album in June, but this has to come out right now. The way these songs connect with you, God uses me as a vessel- he puts me through pain so that I can go through it, and create..."

Admitting that the album was put together in the time span of three weeks while in the 808 area code of Hawaii, Ye's current hit single "Love Lockdown" continues to dominate charts.

808's and Heartbreak is currently scheduled to hit shelves on Tuesday, November 25 via Def Jam.


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