Album: 808s & Heartbreak
Producer: Kanye West
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

“Say You Will” set the tone for Kanye’s fourth album, 808s & Heartbreak. After the loss of his mother, the split from his fiance, and his new found pop star status, it was clear Kanye was in a different space mentally. The album was a departure from the previous three—sonically, lyrically and production wise. “Say You Will,” the lead-off track ushered us into a project that was heavy on Ye’s new minimalist and distorted electronic sound.

“Say You Will,” was about a woman who Yeezy was losing sleep over—literally. The late-night phone calls, the games, the lies—he hoped all of this would one day come to an end. In fact, he prayed it would. Kanye was trying to move past his former love, but everything he sees and does reminds him of her. This was heartbreak in audio form, and the perfect way to open his most personal album to date.