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How Bout Them Taiko Drums? Kanye's New Directions

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25th Nov 2008

Kanye West's Love Lockdown remixes are tearing up the airwaves on the heels of his new album. In addition to the fresh sounds his visual work with animation and tribalism references are also raising some art eyebrows.

From the 2001: A Space Odyssey nod to the use of Japanese Taiko drums and tribal Nazca lines, Kanye seems to be veering ever closer to pop-art aesthetics, all evident in Love Lockdown. The rest of 808s & Heartbreak wanders around various topics, but Kanye himself seems to be seeing himself more as an artist than just a musician, a theme coming through in some of his many interviews with the mainstream press.

808s & Heartbreak explores new areas for hip hop and rap that feel very globalized, even strangely post-American.

Get the album on iTunes, or see Kanye's official site.