COUNTDOWN: 808’s & Heartbreak

I’m stuffed up with a head cold, but with the countdown to Kanye’s 808’s and Heartbreak down to, what, like 11 days?  I had to drop my 6 pence before the 808 haters come out to jump on kanye backlash backlash backlash.

50 said it right, above.  “[Muffled sound of microphone falling to the floor in disbelief] This is incredible.”  What makes it so incredible, in my eyes, though, is less the fact that Kanye made an entire record about Love, but how ‘Ye continues to be 99 steps ahead of the world in determining not only what you should be thinking but also what you should be feeling.

Kanye’s gone from The College Dropout to Late Registration to  Graduation.  What comes after graduating from college?  Kanye said it best, 808’s and Heartbreak, duy.  That reckless introduction into the real world where you miss the college environment that coddled you and told you you were special.  Now you got jobs; now you got responsibilities; now you got Verizon fi-os bills.  Sometimes the only escape you have is that Alesis you got off e-Bay and a New Basic Track waiting for an internal mic melody on Garageband.  And you sang.  You autotune and you saaaaaang.

“All those street lights glowing just happen to be like moments passing in front of me so I hopped in a cab and I paid my fare, see, I know my destination, I’m just not there.”

And that’s the hook.  Add to that sick Michael Kors (naw?) frames, a slim Fred Perry (naw?) white button down, and a $5000 herringbone blaze?  Sheeeeuuut.  That’s enough to make a deflated heart baloon on the cover damn near redundant.  It’s the countdown to Heartbreak.  And if Jeezy’s verse about standing at the podium worrying about his sodium is any indication, it’s gonna be a joyous ride.

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