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Hear Kanye West and Paul McCartney's collaboration 'Only One'
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Hear Kanye West and Paul McCartney's collaboration 'Only One'

A collaboration between rapper Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney has been unveiled, it's titled 'Only One' and you can hear it below. 

The track is the first in a series of collaborations between the two and is a tribute to Kanye’s daughter North West written from the perspective of his late mother, Donda. 

'Only One' features Paul McCartney on keys with West providing the sad, melancholy vocals. 

According to an official press release about the collaborations, the sessions took place in small bungalow in Los Angeles and by the sounds of things, it was a very emotional day.

It reads: "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 “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."

It continued: "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."

It continued further: "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."

And more: "The small group in the room kept listening: “Hello my Only One…just like the morning sun…you’ll keep on rising till the sky knows your name.” To some, Kanye’s insight didn’t immediately register. But then he explained: The name Kanye, which his mother had chosen, means “only one.” And then it dawned on everyone there: Something powerful and undeniable had occurred through the power of music and of letting go. A message had been passed down through generations."

West is due to release his seventh solo album and follow-up to Yeezus (which you can preview on the right of the page) later this year. 

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