Kanye West–Love Lockdown

Kanye West was already the king of rap and hip hop, but on 808s & Heartbreak he made his first attempt at world domination.  Dispensing with chipmunk soul, horn heavy samples and wildly layered tracks, West stripped down to primitive drums and cold, isolating electronic noise, further alienating things by singing through auto-tune. When he premiered Love Lockdown, with its taiko drumming and sparse sonic landscape, then paired it with a his first full ventures into high art presentation, it vaulted him into the all-conquering stratosphere that he has inhabited ever since.


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