Kanye sings — with a hint of autotune — on the heartfelt ballad, while McCartney laces the track with a comforting, piano-driven melody.
The song, which is dedicated to Kanye’s daughter, North, has a divine narrative behind it.
According to a press release obtained by Pitchfork, West and McCartney began working together in Los Angeles in early 2014. “Only One” spawned from the sessions they shared throughout the course of the year.
The Beatles’ lead singer improvised on the keyboards and Kanye sang what was on his mind at the time. After playing the track back for his family, Kanye didn’t recall singing “Hello, my only one…”
He believes that he channelled his late mother, Dr. Donda West, on the song and that she was speaking to North. He explained to his family that his name, Kanye, which had been chosen by his mother, means “only one.”
“My mom was singing to me, and through me to my daughter,” he said, amazed by the moment.
“Only One” is slated to serve as the first single off Kanye’s forthcoming album. Listen below:
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