Kanye West apologizes to Taylor Swift, releases new song, "Devil in a New Dress"
Consider it a resolution to the "Introduction Eruption," the overblown media hailstorm that barraged Kanye West following his interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 VMA's. Roughly 365 days and a million Internet meme's later, West has finally taken to his latest favorite medium, Twitter, to apologize to the 20-year-old country music star.
The full text of his Tweets has been handily compiled in letter form by tech webite Gizmodo. Among the revelations of his quintessentially Westian ramble were: "I've always been at the mercy of the press, but no more... The media tried to demonize me. They wanted y'all to believe I was a monster in real life so you guys wouldn't listen or buy my music anymore. I feel like they were waiting for the opportunity to go in all the way on me, and when it came, they beat me to a pulp. Even now a lot of articles start their first two paragraphs about how much of a [jerk] I am."
"For the first time, I felt the impact of my brash actions. People booed when I would go to concerts and the performer mentioned my name. Remember in Anchor Man when Ron Burgandy [sic] cursed on air, and the entire city turned on him? But this wasn't a joke. This was and is my real life."
"I wrote a song for Taylor Swift that's so beautiful, and I want her to have it. If she won't take it then I'll perform it for her. She had nothing to do with my issues with award shows. She had no idea what hit her. She's just a li'l girl with dreams like the rest of us. She deserves the apology more than anyone."
He then went on to discuss his love of the play "Wicked" (he's seen it four times) and discuss his newfound humility. Presumably, he found it while shopping at Hermes.
Unsurprisingly, the media-bypassing deluge dovetails with the forthcoming release of West's new record, tentatively titled "Dark Twisted Fantasy," and slated for a Nov. 14 release date.
In order to make good on his desire for goodwill, West has been releasing songs every weekend for the last several weeks, a trend he has christened "G.O.O.D. Friday." The most recent is "Devil in a New Dress," a Bink-produced track that channels the earlier pre-electro half of West's career. Over a weeping soul sample, West indulges in age-old devil/woman dualities and name-drops everyone from Lyor Cohen to Lebron James. It's what you expect from Kanye: soul samples, one-liners and unabashed cockiness.
For those who disliked his last two records for their unexpected turns, judging from his most recent leaked tracks, his new record will be full of dark fantasies, but it may not be all that twisted.
-- Jeff Weiss
Photo: Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at last year's MTV Video Music Awards. Credit: Jason DeCrow / Associated Press