Music review: Kanye West’s ‘White Dress’

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!

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