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Kanye West 

808s and Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella)

It seems that following his filial and romantic losses last year, Kanye West received a large bag of weed and Auto-Tune for Christmas. The resulting stream-of-conscience jam session, 808s and Heartbreak, void of his characteristic wordplay, ends up sounding like a teenage vanity album. Unfortunately, Kanye didn't wake from his cathartic haze in time to save the few hits for the brilliant release he will no doubt record after getting fired from Louis Vuitton for an ego-fuelled freak-out. Though weaker than his past releases, 808s and Heartbreak does offer a few good grooves and an introduction to hip-hop's rising star---Kid Cudi.

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