The Coldest Story Ever Told

Still reeling from the death of his mother as well as a breakup with his fiancée, he explained how “808s came from suffering multitude losses at the same time—it’s like losing an arm and a leg and having to find a way to keep walking through it.” When a reporter asked what he planned to see during his visit to New Zealand, he replied dryly: “The back of my eyelids.”

Out of all the albums in Kanye’s discography, 808s and Heartbreaks stands out. Aside from My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy and College Dropout, 808s is one of my favorites.