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.”