Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
808s and Heartbreak is really just a very spot-on musical description of Kanye's fourth album, and the artistic evolutions that anchor it. Leaving behind the dusty sampled drums that characterized most of his earlier work, Kanye relied heavily on 808s and other drum-machine sounds here. And after three albums with barely a mention of love, post-breakup despair was the driving force on this one. But we know what you're thinking: Why didn't Auto-tune get a shout-out in the title too?