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Jesus Is King

    Kanye West has announced the release of his ninth solo studio album - JESUS IS KING – to coincide with the global release of his IMAX film of the same name on Friday, October 25th. Kanye will premiere both the album and the film on Wednesday, October 23rd at a special listening and screening at the Forum in Los Angeles and across screens around the globe. JESUS IS KING follows 2018’s ye - Kanye’s eight consecutive #1 album - which tied the record for most consecutive #1 albums in chart history.

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    808s & Heartbreak - Reissue

      808s & Heartbreak is the fourth studio album by Kanye West. It was released on 24th November 2008 through Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records, re-issued in 2016 for the US, and is now being made available ex-US. Conceived in the wake of several distressing personal events, 808s & Heartbreak marked a major musical departure from West’s previous rap records, instead featuring a sparse, electronic sound and West singing through an Auto-Tune vocal processor. His lyrics explore themes of loss, alienated fame, and heartache, while the album’s production abandons conventional hip hop sounds in favor of a minimalist sonic palette, which includes prominent use of the titular Roland TR-808 drum machine.

      Despite varying responses from listeners, the album received positive reviews from most music critics, who generally commented on West’s experimentation, and was named one of 2008’s best records in several year-end lists. Four singles were released in promotion, including the hit singles “Love Lockdown” and “Heartless”. 808s & Heartbreak has since been cited as a prominent influence on subsequent hip hop, pop, and R&B music. This was due to a new wave of rappers, singers, and producers coming to adopt aspects of its style and thematic content.

      Even by his own exceptional and unconventional standards, 2018's been a big year for Yeezy. Fresh from a derailed world tour, free of addiction to prescription painkillers and mostly on top of his mental health, the man responsible for some of the greatest hip hop and pop records (and best selling trainers) of the last twenty years got himself back in studio and slammed out a flawless string of killer releases on his G.O.O.D. music imprint. Sure, he still found time to stand beside Trump, shout out Candace Owens, offer some poorly thought out views on slavery and impersonate a highly conceptual Joseph Beuys piece, but music was his main focus this year - and all those incidents and accidents, hints and allegations make there way into the lyrical content of the mighty "Ye".
      His production work for Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, Nas and the Kids See Ghosts LP was fire by anyone's standards, but Kanye always saves the best beats for himself, and "Ye" finds Kanye fusing autotuned soul, trap and the post Dilla sampling of his early years into an unpredictable soundbed, perfectly suited to his confessional lyricism.

      Kanye West and Kid Cudi have unveiled their new collaborative album, "Kids Sees Ghosts". The seven-track release has the same minimalist ethos of "Ye" but sounds completely different, featuring more polished, haunting production and some surprising musical samples, as well as features from Pusha T, Ty Dolla $ign, and Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def).

      Kid Cudi unveiled the album artwork designed by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Known for coining the postmodern art movement 'Superflat' influenced by the cartoon-like style of manga and anime. Murakami takes inspiration from a traditional Japanese landscape watercolour and converts it into a psychedelic scene for the album's artwork.

      "Kids See Ghosts" is the third of five new album projects from Kanye West. It follows on from Pusha T's Kanye-produced album "DAYTONA" and Kanye's eighth solo album "Ye". Next up: the release of Yeezy-produced albums from hip hop icon Nas and G.O.O.D. Music signee Teyana Taylor (aka the star of Kanye's "Fade" video).



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