Kanye Has A Heart?

Is this the same Kanye who destroyed Taylor Swift's acceptance speech?

Kanye West and Kim KardashianKanye is known for his music, his fashion, his relationships and being (too?) outspoken. While most of his music usually has some element of torment and darkness, "White Dress" reminds us of old Kanye (circa "All Falls Down"). Almost radiating positivity and romance (c'mon, I'm speaking relative to his usual style), this song has us all thinking it's about Ms. Kim Kardashian. Though GlobalGrind thinks Amber Rose gets a few references too. They both "wanted" weddings, didn't they? Geez, only in Hollywood do you "want" a wedding like you would want a Range Rover...

This track from The Man with the Iron Fists soundtrack (in theaters Nov. 2) starts off with a bit of a startle — I know I wasn't prepared for a distorted male background voice singing in a bedroom voice. Soulful, it's a tad serial killer-esque, but before it gets weird, we hear our favorite headliner — Kanye. His style is irrefutable, rough (not tough) around the edges but spoken with conviction. Passionate, he describes in lengthy detail his admiration of this woman. Dropping adoring lines, this almost mature Kanye emerges, and I'm a bit in shock. This track sounds like the couple's supposed history ended badly and he never let it go — but now he has her, and he's grateful. Who is this guy?

"And you the type of girl that probably deserve a new last name, 
But, they never let us do our thing."

Kanye has been arrogant and a bit ignorant in his approaches. He looked 50 but acted like a prepubescent teenager. So I guess I can't be surprised that he shows glimpses of his former self (not being able to focus on one girl) with references to a mysterious stripper in his past and a downgrade in beau (cough, the electrocuted version of Dennis Rodman, Wiz Khalifa?). The back and forth seems a little inconsistent to be referring to only Kim or only Amber. Maybe he's just being artistic, guys.

Well at least he's growing up. Remember My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy? That album was far from classy. Good, but also a completely different Kanye from the one I am hearing now. A little more recent was Cruel Summer, a compilation from his label, G.O.O.D. Music. The New York Times described his contributions as "loose" (all over the place). White Dress promises a different side to Mr. West, one where he channels his emotions and reveals his vulnerabilities — without trailing off into profanity/vulgarity.

"And told her, 'Even though I met you in a club in a tight dress,
At first sight I could picture you in a white dress.'"

The song is interesting to listen to because it sounds deeply personal. Billboard listed the producers of the track as not only West but RZA, Tapez and Boogz. Maybe it took that many producers to calm him down? Ah Kanye, you make for some real entertainment, that's for sure.

Listen! Now!

Photo courtesy of Zibi/WENN.com

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Comments on "Music review: Kanye West's 'White Dress'"

Sangeeta October 18, 2012 | 9:08 AM

Oliver! I am so sorry you feel that way. I have been a fan of Kanye for years now. I was there for The College Dropout, I bought Late Registration, too. I was there when he dropped 808s and Heartbreak. I think we differ in what we consider a positive emotional song perhaps – I certainly did not mean to demean Mr. West’s artistic value. His is unbelievably talented. But when it comes to love specifically, his songs usually sound pained and he’s not usually the most respectful in describing his experiences. Love appears to have had a negative connotation whenever he referenced it – even with Heartless or Devil in a New Dress. I was impressed by White Dress on the standalone point that he really seems content, which is a new Kanye to me. For the most part White Dress has him speaking positively both about his feelings and the girl he was with. I do consider “Selfish” by Slum Village or “Talk About Our Love” some more optimistic songs of his though. Thank you for your feedback regardless! Thank you Brad, appreciate it!

Brad October 18, 2012 | 6:44 AM

Oliver, this article is pretty much on point. I mean I don't agree with the part of Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy being far from classy but everything else is pretty much the truth. But seriously Kanye is heartless and stupid - at times. This article doesn't mean to put Kanye in a bad light but yet put in him a different light. White Dress is a side of Kanye we haven't seen in a while because we've really seen his dark twisted side - hence the name of his album. Now that he's in love, per se, we see a softer more vulnerable side to him. This article is so on point without any bias. I personally think your comment is the most bias I've seen since Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift and said "Beyonce should've won". Oliver, get your feelings out of here and get real. Kanye doesn't know you or gives a about you so stop backing him up as if he's watching you. This article is the truth and if you can't handle it, then you need to get out of here. Nice article by the way, Sangeeta Nambi!

Oliver October 18, 2012 | 5:04 AM

You are the most bias, ignorant and downright naive reviewer I have read in a looooooooooooong time. To suggest Kanye is a shallow and vulgar man without a heart is plain silly. Listen to 808's and Heartbreak. You claim to have listened to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but to have such ignorant views about a deeply artistic, poetic and interesting man its hard to believe. " White Dress promises a different side to Mr. West, one where he channels his emotions and reveals his vulnerabilities — without trailing off into profanity/vulgarity." ...One where he channels his emotions and reveals his vulnerabilities? These two things are the central themes of the past 5 years of his musical career! Please do more research before writing an article like this.

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