Kanye West is one of the most critically-acclaimed and best-selling hip-hop artists in history. However, unlike Nas or N.W.A., fans rarely agree on West's best album, with almost all of his works - spanning an array of styles - being a popular choice.
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The emotional 808s and Heartbreak marked a sudden change in direction for West. Though its reception was mixed at the time, its influence proves its status as Kanye West's best album.
808s and Heartbreak influenced over a decade worth of music
In the years following 808s and Heartbreak's release, a wave of rappers and R&B artists have come along citing its influence. Few albums in the 21st century have had the influence of 808s and Heartbreak and this makes it West's best work.