Kanye Watch: Rolling Stone names ‘808s & Heartbreak’ to their ‘Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time’ list and BET is giving him a Visionary Award

Kanye West
Photo by Jesse Wiles

It’s a rare that you go a week without seeing Kanye’s name somewhere in the news. Whether it be for music, fashion or douchebaggery. This week he’s been all over the place. Rolling Stone named 808s & Heartbreak, one of my personal favorite albums of all time, to their list of the 40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time. This album paved the way for much of what we hear today in hip hop and popular music in general.

Rolling Stone said this about 808s & Heartbreak: “Kanye West’s Auto-Tune-heavy, emotionally naked fourth album came after a brutal year during which his mother died and his engagement broke up, but the album’s cavernous sound and exposed-soul lyrics confused even those who had been aware of West’s recent trials. Its core aesthetic was like nothing in Hip Hop: freshly butchered feelings enumerated in detail, but masked by digital processing; beds of spare synths used to balance a mix of singing and rapping. However, over time it served as a new template for up-and-comers in Hip Hop and R&B. Drake cited West as his budding sound’s ‘most influential person’ when he was hustling mixtapes, while artists like Future further tweaked the idea of using Auto-Tune as a way to convey emotions that evoke too much feeling when spoken of explicitly.”

Today BET announced that they will be awarding Mr. West with a “Visionary Award” at their annual BET Awards on February 23rd.

BET had this to say about Ye: “Kanye West will be honored for his extraordinary contributions across the arts, including roles as a record producer, rapper, filmmaker and fashion designer. He’s a multifaceted trailblazer and pioneer whose accomplishments are all marked by his unique and forward-thinking approach.”

Written by Jesse Wiles

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