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What does 808 and Heartbreak mean?

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In Kanye West's album "808s and Heartbreak," 808 refers to the Roland TR-808 drum machine, which is used frequently in the album. Heartbreak refers to West's devastating loss of his mother Donda West, and a failed shot at romance with his one time fiancee Alexis Phifer.


Mathew Winrow

808 means 1. the penal code for disturbing the peace, 2. an 808 refers to a drum machine called a Roland TR-808.


Peggy Judge

Kanya West song 808 & Heartbreak means 808's refers to unresolved melodies, self-pity. Heartbreak is referring to lost love.

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