Kanye West Sings with Paul McCartney on Radiant “Only One”

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 01.02.15 in News

An improbable musical pairing has resulted in a sweet, low-key pop song of parental devotion. And it looks like there will be more to come.

As long ago as October 2013, Paul McCartney told an interviewer he wouldn’t mind collaborating with Kanye West. In August, the New York Post‘s Page Six cited unnamed sources saying the Beatles legend and the hip-hop giant were, in fact, recording together; one of the songs was supposedly titled “Piss on My Grave.

To start 2015, West has unveiled “Only One,” which sets his Auto-Tune croon over Macca’s homey keyboard chords. According to a press release, West came up with the hook while singing to his daughter, North; mindful of the fact that his own name means “Only One,” he said his late mother was singing through him, to North, at that moment. That backstory aside, it’s an intimate-feeling beam of melodic sunshine that can only bode well for the new year.

The song is the first from West’s upcoming solo album, according to the press release. It’s also the “first reveal of several musical collaborations with Paul McCartney to come.”

Listen on Kanye West’s website or buy it via iTunes. See the lyrics below.

Kanye West, Paul McCartney, "Only One" lyrics

Kanye West, North

Photos by Inez and Vinoodh