Kanye West “White Dress”

The Man with the Iron Fists may not be released until November 2nd, but the film, directed and co-written by RZA, already feels destined to be a cult classic.

A Wu Tang-affiliated martial arts indie flick boasting acting turns from Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu, the movie’s trailer alone has probably already brought forth a record-breaking explosion of “bro” boners worldwide, and that’s not even taking into consideration an accompanying soundtrack that features various appearances from the Wu alongside cameos from, among others, The Black Keys, Talib Kweli, Danny Brown, M.O.P., Pusha T, Kool G Rap and Freddie Gibbs.

Also included in the compilation’s mix, and one that’s unsurprisingly received the most anticipatory buzz is “White Dress”, a solo entry from the one and only Kanye West that has recently dropped in full and has been raising all kinds of alarms since for its stylistic shift back to Weezy’s old production stomping grounds: the soul sample.

Sure, the sample source is of a more recent “vintage” (a screwed loop on the 2011-dated The Game/ Mario collaboration “All The Way Gone”), but it’s an effective enough throwback nod to West’s breakout beat-crafting: the combination of the track’s sparkling R&B warmth and West at his most lyrically charming while re-courting an ex-flame (“Rented the whole bottom floor for a candlelight dinner/ Turned the lights out and put my candle right in her/ And told her, ‘Even though I met you in a club in a tight dress/ At first sight, I could picture you in a white dress’”) managing to hit all kinds of “nostalgia for early-Kanye-era” buttons while all the while cleverly baiting the bloggeratti and tabloids craving any nugget of possible Kim-Ye gossip fare they can get.

The Man with the Iron Fists Soundtrack drops October 22nd.