Ahead of a 2015 in which he’s set to release the follow-up to the hugely acclaimed Yeezus, Kanye West has released a new song featuring Paul McCartney.
Entitled Only One, it’s a far cry from his previous album’s gnarly, angry sensibility. Over jazzy organ chords, he channels his late mother, hearing her speak from beyond the grave. Ahead of a tender organ solo from McCartney, she movingly tells him to “tell Nori about me”, referring to West’s daughter North – though this being Kanye, she also tells him how great he is: “The good outweighs the bad even on your worst day.”
There may be more work to come from West and McCartney – earlier this year, the New York Post reported that they were working on a song called Piss On My Grave.
As well as touring Yeezus around the world, West has had a busy 2015, fitting in a campaign for Balmain and trainer designs for Nike and Adidas around the recording of his new LP, which he has postponed after previously saying it would arrive in the autumn. In May he married Kim Kardashian, famously spending days tinkering with their official wedding photo on Instagram. McCartney meanwhile recently released Hope For the Future, a new song written for the soundtrack to the videogame Destiny.
Only One is available now on iTunes.
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