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What does “808” mean?

What does "808" mean?

What does “808” mean? What is an “808”?

The slang term “808” is a noun that is used to refer to a Roland TR-808 drum machine; bass drum. The bass sound on a beat is an 808. On November 24, 2008, Kanye West released his highly-anticipated fourth studio album ‘808s & Heartbreak’. Kanye West recorded a lot of the album in Hawaii where 808 is actually Honolulu’s area code.

808 means A Roland TR-808 drum machine; bass drum.

The term “808” has been used by Lil Wayne, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Fivio Foreign, Nicki Minaj, Juice WRLD, and many more rappers.

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