Kanye West and Paul McCartney Release First Track "Only One"
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 07:31:12
In early 2014, Paul McCartney and Kanye West first began working together in a small bungalow in Los Angeles. The process that would result in their song "Only One" began with a simple brainstorming session between the two: With McCartney improvising on the keyboards and Kanye vocally sketching and shaping ideas in a stream-of-consciousness riff.
When they played back the recording afterward, something remarkable happened. Kanye sat there with his family, holding his daughter North on his lap, and listened to his vocals, singing, "Hello, my only one..." And in that moment, not only could he not recall having sung those words, but he realized that perhaps the words had never really come from him.
The process of artistic creation is one that does not involve thinking, but often channeling. And he understood in that moment that his late mother, Dr. Donda West, who was also his mentor, confidante, and best friend, had spoken through him that day.
"My mom was singing to me, and through me to my daughter," he said, astonished.
That's the story behind the song.
The song is available now and you can listen to it at KanyeWest.com, and pick it up at iTunes. It is the first reveal of the Yeezy x Maca collabo.
Did you dig "Only One?"
Photos by Inez and Vinoodh