808s and Heartbreak

Kanye West surprised his guests at the lavish launch party of his eagerly anticipated fourth album '808s and Heartbreak' - due to be released in November - with a room full of nude models wearing masks.

Kanye West caused quite a stir at the launch party of his new album, where he arranged for 40 naked models to attend. Kanye insists the naked women were "live performance artists" who appeared as part of an arranged art show he masterminded with Italian artist Vanessa Beecroft.
A source said: "After waiting in an area with an open bar and a DJ, we walked up a driveway illuminated by fluorescent lights to a darkened room where we saw 40 nude women. Most of them were wearing strange masks made of wool. "The models stood in the middle of the room - black girls at the front and white girls at the back. Then the entire album played without any introduction or explanation."

Kanye insists the women were "live performance artists" who appeared as part of an arranged art show he masterminded with Italian artist Vanessa Beecroft. After the playback - in front of 700 fans and industry professionals - had finished, Kanye appeared alongside the models and launched a foul-mouthed tirade against critics who are considering giving the album a negative review. He said: "These are pieces of real life that I'm putting out for people to judge. It's from my heart. "I don't give a f**k if someone rates it 'hot' or 'not.' I'm here to bring positivity that cannot be judged. It's like judging a grandmother's love."

The star also revealed plans to release another full-length album next summer and explained new song 'Cold As Winter' is a tribute to his mother, who died following complications from cosmetic surgery operation late last year.

Tracklisting:

1. “Welcome to Heartbreak”
2. “Heartless”
3. “Love Lockdown”
4. “Robocop”
5. “Anyway”
6. “Streetlights”
7. “Say You Will”
8. “Bad News”
9. “Amazing” featuring Young Jeezy
10. “Tell Everybody That You Know” featuring Lil Wayne
11. “Coldest Winter"

11.25.08