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Who's Paul McCartney? Young fans amazed by 'new talent' featured on Kanye's latest song

Kanye West and Paul McCartney have teamed up in an unlikely collaboration on a new single released last Thursday (Jan 1) called Only One.

The soft ballad, which West said was inspired by his daughter, features former Beatle McCartney on the organ.

The lullaby-like collaboration has been in the works since early 2014, when the two met in a bungalow in Los Angeles, according to a statement from West’s label Def Jam recordings.


Kanye West (top) and Paul McCartney (above) released a new song, Only One, recently. Photos: AFP

“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 said.

While most people would say that Paul McCartney collaborating with any artist on a song would be one of the greatest moments of their musical careers, some of the younger generation have taken to social media to express their doubt on who the "new talent" is.

Others who are, shall we say, more in the know, have gone online to express their disbelief at the tweeters who don't know who McCartney is. 

Neither of the stars have commented on the topic.

The song was inspired by West’s daughter North, who was sitting in his lap when he sang to her, 'Hello my only one'.


Photo: AFP

West said his own mother used to sing those words to him as a child.

“My mom was singing to me – and through me – to my daughter,” said the hip hop artist, whose first name also means 'only one'.

Def Jam called the collaboration “one of the most powerful and unexpected music collaborations in modern history”.

The single was released late New Year’s Eve, and will be available on iTunes in 119 countries for one week.

Sources: AFP, Twitter, Daily Mail

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