Devil In a New Dress

Devil In a New Dress

Kanye West (Ft. Rick Ross)

Produced by Bink!, “Devil In a New Dress” finds Kanye using familiar religious imagery in contemplating all kinds of nasty thoughts about his girl.

It’s perhaps an ode to Amber Rose, Kanye’s (now ex-) girlfriend and muse, whose figure could have only been forged in the Depths of Hell by The Evil One (in a good way…)

“Devil in a New Dress” was initially released as a solo version on September 3, 2010, and was the fourth release in Kanye’s weekly GOOD Friday series. The title, of course, is a pun on the famous Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels song “Devil with a Blue Dress On,” as well as being a reference to the 1990 Walter Mosley book Devil in a Blue Dress, which was adapted into a 1995 film starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle.

Fresh off of the success of his Teflon Don album, Miami rapper Rick Ro$$ spits what is often regarded as one of the finest verses of his career, but it was not the first verse he wrote for the track:

When I recorded that verse for the first time, [Kanye] came in, heard it, he told me he thought I could do better. And he walked out. And then I wrote another one, and the second verse I wrote is the one you hear on the album.

Bink! said the following about the production of the track:

Kanye sent me out to Hawaii to work with him and I was actually just holding my laptop and it [the beat] came on in my iTunes. He heard it through my laptop speakers and he was immediately intrigued; I wasn’t even gonna play it for him. He overheard it and asked, ‘What’s that?’ ‘It’s another joint I got’ and he was like, ‘Bounce that down let me hit that.’ So he hopped right in the booth and the first thing he said was ‘I love it though’ and the first line he came up with was, ‘She love Jesus but she learned a lot from Satan.’ They didn’t call it ‘Devil In A New Dress'—at the time they called it something else. It was called 'Magic Hour.’ So when ‘Devil In A New Dress’ came out, I didn’t know anything about that.

Bink! sampled Smokey Robinson’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” and patched together the section at the 3:52 mark with the section at the 2:07 mark to create one seamless track: