“We did it so fast, so it was very clear to him what he wanted to do. I think it was therapeutic for him, we did that in the shows too leading up to 808s. We were on tour when he got the news. He didn’t cancel the tour. He went on as a tribute to his mother and in the months leading up to that album, I think he mapped out a lot of the emotions and the message that he wanted to communicate through that album.” - Jeff Bhasker (Vibe)
“The 808 records came out of doing The Blueprint 3 records… As a matter of fact, when we did ‘Heartless,’ [Kanye] just stopped and said, ‘No.’ I was like, ‘No what?’ He was like, ‘No way. This is my record.’ I was like, ‘Come on man. Can we just finish the guy’s album man?’ He was like, ‘Nope. I’m doing an album.” - No I.D (Hot 97)
“His whole album is crazy, and it's definitely a different kind of Kanye. I mean, as far as 'Love Lockdown' goes, he did that whole thing himself. He just had me in mind. 808s is really all Kanye. I'm just here to keep it from [sounding] adult contemporary." - T-Pain (MTV News)
“Let me tell you, as an artist, you wanna be free. You gotta do what you feel. You can't just cater to the audience. You gotta say, 'Hey, y'all, this is where I'm at.' For him to do an album called 808s & Heartbreak, you know that's where he is at this moment. I heard some songs, and I think it's fresh. I think the people are ready for it." - Common (MTV News)