Almost New Year and not a single, unannounced Beyonce album in sight. Who better to make some festive noise than Kanye West in want of being more than just the ‘ye in Kimye…
The first in a series of collaborations between Yeezus and the former Beatle, Sir Paul, the emotional auto-tuned number ‘Only One’ dropped on iTunes on New Year’s Day, an ode to West’s daughter, North West. The associated press release shares the fairytale of the lyrics coming to ‘Ye in a jamming session when the two were in an LA studio with Nori on his knee, West having no recollection of uttering the words and then realising that they, in fact, were bestowed unto him by his mother Donda (who passed in 2007) seems to have heightened the coo’ing from fans. And wait, it gets more spooky (sigh/yawn), his name ‘Kanye’ also means… only one! Jay Z’s early ode to Blue Ivy Carter (Glory) did not come with a story (oversight)… so ‘Ye wins.
Sadly, we’re struggling to get past the ego to feel this, and it all seems a little too 808’s & Heartbreaks with the overplayed auto-tune. Not in a good way. The single is, however, already at #5 in iTunes UK & #3 in iTunes US store. So what do we know?! We’ll wait patiently for the pairs rumoured album, ‘Piss on My Grave’, we feel, will not disappoint.
Stream it at Kanye’s official website – http://www.kanyewest.com/
And have a read of an excerpt from the press release below:
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.
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.
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.
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.