24th Greatest Rap Song of 2010

Kanye West & Rick Ross: Devil in a New Dress
SCENE 1: While I have no idea what Kanye was attempting to achieve with the religious overtones in "Devil in a New Dress", the calm before the storm of an inevitably doomed relationship is an experience I'd like to assume most adults can relate to. Kanye's contribution serves as a prequel to the brilliant "Blame Game", which is sequenced on the tail-end of the same album.

SCENE 2: The instrumentation that transitions between GOOD and Maybach music completely justifies this song clocking in at nearly six minutes.

SCENE 3: I've heard an overwhelming amount of both criticism and praise for Rozay's verse in recent weeks. Naysayers claim he's rambling off-topic, while Team RAWSE suggests he's responsible for the single greatest performance on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. In my personal opinion both sides of the spectrum are neglecting the big picture. I really do believe Kanye requested Ross provide his signature bravado in an effort to balance the song's initial depressing quality. That guitar riff hafway through the song wasn't just a result of "more cow bell" disease. It represented Mr. West diving off the mountain top and turning into a golden eagle. Think about it.

Kanye West & Rick Ross - Devil in a New Dress


  1. Yeah, I think you are on the right track. I feel it really does fit. The song was great on its own (GOOD Friday version). But when this was added it seemed to really tie it together and end it strong.

  2. But when this was added it seemed to really tie it together and end it strong.


    No doubt. It definately ends on a strong note. I never feel the need to fast-forward or skip this song.

  3. RNC Chairman Michael SteeleDecember 8, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    "In my personal opinion both sides of the spectrum are neglecting the big picture. I really do believe Kanye requested Ross provide his signature bravado in an effort to balance the song's initial depressing quality."

    I'm sort of in agreement with this. I honestly think the decision to have Rick Ross on the song was a purely musical [as opposed to lyrical, conceptual] decision. He is definitely off topic in a way that only Wayne gets away with, but he sounds absolutely amazing over the second half of that instrumental.

    They probably had the instrumental done and realized who would sound great over it. Like one od the guys as Passion of the Weiss said, Kanye is great at getting other rappers to come in and play to their strengths while minimizing their weaknesses. He has great guest spots on his songs and he gets credit for knowing he wouldn't pull off a verse over the second half of that beat like RAWSE did.

  4. RNC Chairman Michael SteeleDecember 8, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Another reason this song kind of stuck out on MBDTF...

    It's one of the few songs on the record where Kanye still seems like a guy we can relate to. I think the records great, but at the same time it's hard not to notice that the only times I can really relate to him on this LP is when he's rapping about love [this and Blame Game]. On his first 3 LPs a big part of his appeal was how relateable he was, much moreso than guys like Jay-Z, or Nas. It pretty much made up for his weaknesses, which were his bars, and delivery [his song concepts were always great though, some of the best].

    This LP and Kanye's rap out put in the past two years have show him practically eliminating those weaknesses. The bars on this album are ridiculous, and his delivery isn't a weakness anymore. He's gotten so much better than he was on Graduation. I think it's pretty obvious that Kanye in the way he rapped on this record has made a conscientious attempt at being considered in the vein of a Nas or Jay-Z, or some other 90s legend. He knows that even though he's gotten a lot of respect, he was always admired in a different sense than a guy like Raekwon. Even though many said he had 2 or 3 classics, the same people wouldn't consider him one of the GOAT MCs. He wants that recognition.

    But while he definitely did well, he sort of lost one of the major aspects of his appeal in the process. The Kanye on LR or Graduation is a sounds like a guy like myself who happened to hit big. Songs like Roses or Family Business have shitty bars but are great songs overall for different reasons. Songs like Dark Twisted Fantasy, So Appalled are great but there's no real emotional connection to them.

    I mean, on So Appalled, Jay and Kanye pretty much switch roles. Kanye's got the ice cold flow, good lines effortless delivery. Jay's got the strained delivery, but has a much more human verse. Who saw that coming two years ago?

    A song like DIAND is one of the rare exceptions to what I mentioned. Part of the reason it might be the best song on the album.

  5. @RNC You could have just done a guest blog. lol Good points, but I'd argue Nas is WAY more relatable than Kanye. At least to me.

  6. When you said "The Kanye on LR or Graduation is a sounds like a guy like myself who happened to hit big." That really made sense, that's something I've always felt about him but never really heard anyone say it. When he talks about just going and blowing his advance cause he wants to shine, or even getting asked for autographs while his grandmother is dying, and there are countless others where he talks about stupid things he's done or bought, I think that is relatable. Which one of us would really be able to handle blowing up like that in a classy way, while having the spotlight on you?

  7. RNC Chairman Michael SteeleDecember 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    @hl: haha my bad, the comments always end up longer than I expect. I'm long winded.

    @cholerA: Glad we agree. Guy like Drake can try to do the same thing but it's not as good.

  8. @RNC Just joking. I love discussion, and encourage it.

  9. Since when did this become fuckin nahright and ma fukkas writing their high school pseudo intellectual like essays in this bitch?

    Carry on.

  10. lol @ ross becoming RAWSE ..

    just remember all caps when you spell the man name

  11. @ RNC

    Hey buddy, kindly shut the fuck up. I mean that in the nicest way possible.

    Kanye stans are the worst.

  12. Hey Deen why do you always have to yell at me in public?

    Now people are looking at us. :/

  13. ROFL.

    I'll stop yelling when you learn to ackrite and stop reaching for every cereal in the cereal aisle...

  14. @RNC

    I thought MBDTF was lyrically Kanyes weakest album, or at least on the 808s level. He doesnt really say anything except on Blame Game and DIAND

  15. RNC Chairman Michael SteeleDecember 10, 2010 at 8:22 PM


    I thought the allegory on All of the Lights was deceptively good [I'm pretty sure the story in that song is about the Swift incident and his fall from grace]. I also think Gorgeous had him saying some really great stuff, too. The bars on that song are great. And So Appalled was a great stream of consciousness take on the rift between his lifestyle and most normal people.

    Other than that the main lyrical improvements he made were just his punchlines and rhymes. His first two albums even though they have weaker punchlines and rhymes are better lyrically because conceptually they are two of the best albums ever IMO.

    Just my opinion. I agree with you that the standout tracks lyrically are Blame Game and DIAND.