While party goers were gearing up to celebrate the New Year, Kanye West was minutes away from revealing his latest collaboration with Paul McCartney.
The new song, Only One, features Paul McCartney on the piano and Kanye on vocals. As per the released statement from Kanye’s team, the lyrics are from the perspective of Kanye’s late mother Donda who passed away in 2007.
The statement goes on to say that the track came about through a ‘creative brainstorm’ when both artists were in the studio together…
“Kanye sat there with his family, holding his daughter North on his lap, and listened to his vocals, singing, ‘Hello, my only one…,'” the statement said. “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.”
You can hear the new song and read the lyrics on Kanye West’s site or on iTunes.