Songs of 2010: “Devil in a New Dress”

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Kanye West – “Devil in a New Dress” (Feat. Rick Ross)
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From 90s hip-hop inspired “boom bap record” to the massive conceptual opus it became, there’s little argument that My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy gradually evolved into another leap forward in creativity for a hip-hop artist who has already traversed a greater musical landscape than most. Still, in the midst of gritty guitar work, abrasive production, copious guest appearances, and two minute auto-tune solos, Kanye did not forget where his strengths lie; on “Devil in a New Dress” he even found space to indulge his newfound prog tendencies while revisiting his roots. Opening with the kind of heart-tugging, chopped-up chipmunk-soul vocal sample and string work that has become forever intertwined with his legacy, Ye breaks down a collapsing relationship with characteristic emotional depth, introspection, sarcasm, and humor. This version of the song is pushed further than its original incarnation as a “G.O.O.D. Fridays” offering, expanded to include a bridge of climactic guitars and piano, as well as a swagger-laden closing verse from Rick Ross. A rousing centerpiece of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, “Devil in a New Dress” operates as a testament to both where Kanye began and currently resides artistically, fusing two perspectives with rewarding grace and subtlety.

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Download: Kanye West – Devil in a New Dress (Feat. Rick Ross)
Buy: Pick up My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy from Insound or iTunes.