The people are going to love this. In a new interview with UK newspaper The Sun, Paul McCartney says writing with recent collaborator Kanye West is similar to writing with John Lennon. White people around the world are going to flip when they hear about this.
“When I wrote with John, he would sit down with a guitar,” McCartney told the paper. “I would sit down. We’d ping-pong till we had a song. It was like that.”
As an illustration, Paul talked about how they made “Only One” together:
“We sat around and talked an awful lot just to break the ice. One of the stories I told him was about how I happened to have written Let It Be.
“My mum came to me in a dream when she’d died years previously. I was in a bit of a state — it was the Sixties and I was overdoing it.
“In the dream she said, ‘Don’t worry it’s all going to be fine, just let it be.’ And I woke up and thought, ‘Woah’ and wrote the song.
“I told Kanye this and he said, ‘I’m going to write a song with my mum.’ So then I sat down at the piano.”
At this point, Paul picks up the guitar again and sings the lyrics of the pair’s single Only One. He says: “That’s about his mum. And his daughter North comes into the lyrics too. But it’s from the point of view of his mum in heaven singing to him, saying you’re my only one. It’s a very emotional song.”
McCartney also talks being initially hesitant to collaborate with Kanye, saying he’s “amazingly talented, but controversial and can make eccentric moves.”