Just before doling out a series of Twitter missives apologizing to Taylor Swift for his VMA rant, the Chicago MC dropped a new song, "Devil in a New Dress," on his KanyeUniversecity blog on Saturday (September 4). The track is the second song in his "G.O.O.D. Friday" series, in which the superstar promised to release a spankin' new song to kick off the weekend every Friday until Christmas.
"Dress" continues 'Ye's return to the soulful old-school sounds he championed in his early work and has revisited in the string-laden Beyoncé and Charlie Wilson collabo "See Me Now." West works an easy flow over the midtempo joint replete with feathery falsetto backing vocals an overall buttery '70s feel. Despite the laidback groove, West shows his vulnerable side, as he laments being loved and left. "How she gon' wake up/And not love me no more/I thought I was the a--hole/I guess it's rubbin' off," 'Ye rhymes.
The plaintive, lovelorn song is the complete opposite of the aggressive posse cut, "Monster," that West dropped last Friday. The track boasts a number of beastly features from Rick Ross, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj and is slated to appear on West and Hov's upcoming joint album Watch the Throne.
For the most part, Yeezy fans were feeling the rapper and producer's vintage sonic textures and candid lyricism.
"Love this song. Love G.O.O.D. Fridays. Thanks for blessing us with this song Kanye," Souldigga wrote on West's blog. "It's sick."
Another fan said the throwback vibe is reminiscent of Queens MC Nas' debut. "Classic feeling, like the 1st time I PLAYED [Illmatic]," 212aben804 wrote. "Very much needed."
"OMFG Kanye," Surgical702 gushed. "This is seriously the best song of yours I've heard in awhile."
The MC explained that he released "Dress" just in time for fans to ride out the end of the season to the song's languid feel.
"There's only 18 days of summer left," West tweeted. "I had to drop DEVIL IN A NEW DRESS while it was still hot out so people could [roll] down [their] windows."
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