White Dress

Album: The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • Kanye West penned this song for the RZA-directed martial arts film The Man with the Iron Fists. The Wu-Tang Clan leader also produced the entire movie soundtrack and he told The Boombox that the Chi-town MC was already in the back of his mind when it came time to work on the music for the movie. "He was in town when I was editing," he explained. "I always wanted to do a song for the movie and now the movie is done. I said, 'Yo, come in and I want to show you something, what I want your song to be."

    So RZA showed West a scene from The Man with the Iron Fists, which inspired the G.O.O.D. Music head to create the lyrics for the tune. "He saw the scene and was like, 'Yo, I love it,'" RZA revealed. "And I played the music that I wanted to use for the musical backdrop and he was like, 'Yo, it sounds great. I love it and I'm a write something for it.' He wrote something really cool that fits the scene but also it's just a dope ass song."
  • West raps on the hook, "I seen you in the club in a tight dress. But I picture you in church with a white dress." RZA explained to MTV News: "That's basically talking about some of these girls, you know you maybe want to make a wife out of them, but they gotta get it together."
  • RZA previously worked with West on the latter's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album, co-producing "Dark Fantasy" and contributing rhymes to "So Appalled."
  • While we're on the subject of wedding dresses, here's some history. Prior to the Victorian era, a bride could be married in any color. For instance, during the American Revolution, many brides wore red as a symbol of rebellion. It was Britain's Queen Victoria who has been credited with starting the western tradition of white bridal gowns by wearing one at her 1840 wedding, in order to incorporate some lace she prized. The official wedding portrait photograph was widely published, and many brides opted for white in accordance with the Queen's choice.

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