Today as he leaked the Young Jeezy assisted, "Amazing," Kanye West admitted that the Snowman inspired many of the songs on his upcoming album, 808s & Heartbreak.
“Jeezy came down to Hawaii with us because every time I’d write a chorus or write any type of hook, I’d be like man, ‘What Would Jeezy Do?'” Ye admitted during a conference call today. “You know how n*ggas have bumper stickers that say ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ Our sh*t is like, ‘What Would Jeezy Do?’ What would he say on this record?” [Listen To “Amazing” Here]
“At the end of the day I make my sh*t white tee shirt ready at all given times,” he continued. “So he came down and helped out, but he actually helped out with other records. So there are straight singing records that have Jeezy lines on it, and you’ll feel that energy throughout the entire joint.”
In addition Jeezy, 808’s also features guest appearances by Lil’ Wayne and the newest member of Kanye’s G.O.O.D. music family, Kid Cudi. But for the most part, this album is all about Ye and the heartache he’s suffered since the unexpected death of his mother, Donda West.
“This album has been like basically based off the devastation and the hurt that I’ve felt within the past year of all the losses that I’ve went through,” he said. “What’s good is its therapeutic for me. It’s like a better option than suicide to keep on putting out music and art.”
In order to tell his story, Kanye created a new sound which he calls heartbreak.
“It’s like a mixed drink,” he explained. “It’s like auto-tune meets distortion with a bit of delay on it and a whole bunch of f*cked up life.”
Though this new sound is a deviation from what fans typically expect from the Chicago emcee, Kanye is pleased with the response that he’s received especially from the first single, “Love Lockdown.” “It sold over 100,000 on iTunes thus far. B*tches love it and n*ggas love to watch b*tches dance to it,” he said.
808s & Heartbreak will be released on Monday, November 24th.