Update 11/14/2012: RZA offers this alternate, unreleased version of "White Dress," featuring Tru James of Wu-Tang-affiliated soul group Stone Mecca.
RZA's first film, The Man With the Iron Fists, hits theaters November 2nd. A number of songs from the movie's soundtrack have already surfaced, and today brings Kanye West's contribution, "White Dress." RZA stopped by FADER this month to talk about the project, and explained a little bit about how "White Dress," which he produced with Kanye and Tapez and Boogz, came to be.
I brought Kanye West in first. He came into the editing room, and he went and wrote a beautiful song for the scene I showed him. A beautiful scene with a lot of beautiful ladies. He just said, ‘Wow, that’s beautiful. The colors is beautiful. The girls is definitely pretty." And I said, ‘Well listen to what Lucy Liu starts to sing. That idea is all you need to take. It’s gotta be about somebody lovely.' I had given him one other piece of advice. I said, ‘Think of Ghostface in the sense of how Ghostface did "Ice Cream" and "Wildflower," where he kinda raps all the way through it. On "Wildflower" Ghostface does a super long verse, and Kanye’s second verse here is actually super long. We finished the song and he said to me, 'I tried to make it Ghostface long.'