News — July 28, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Paul McCartney Just Compared Kanye West To John Lennon



Usually it’s Kanye West making bold statements about his music abilities that tend to rub people up the wrong way, but this time Sir Paul McCartney, in a statement that is sure to anger die-hard Beatles fans, compared collaborating with West to working with ex-Beatle John Lennon.


In a recent interview with The Sun, McCartney delved into what it was like to collaborate with Kanye West and Rhianna in their track FourFive Seconds. “When I wrote with John, he would sit down with a guitar. I would sit down. We’d ping-pong till we had a song. It was like that (with Kanye).”



During two afternoons with Kanye in a bungalow at Hollywood’s famous Beverly Hills Hotel — a “neutral location” of Paul’s choosing — the unlikely duo were able to connect on a deeper level.

“We sat around and talked an awful lot just to break the ice. One of the stories I told him was about how I happened to have written Let It Be. My mum came to me in a dream when she’d died years previously. I was in a bit of a state — it was the Sixties and I was overdoing it.

“In the dream she said, ‘Don’t worry it’s all going to be fine, just let it be.’ And I woke up and thought, ‘Woah’ and wrote the song. I told Kanye this and he said, ‘I’m going to write a song with my mum.


“Kids who didn’t know me suddenly did because of Kanye and Rihanna.”


McCartney played the piano and Kanye worked on lyrics. This song would go on to become West’s song Only One. “It’s from the point of view of his mum in heaven singing to him, saying you’re my only one. It’s a very emotional song.” McCartney continued.



In the interview, the ex Beatle describes his initial hesitation about collaborating with the controversy courting West and only agreed to working together with the stipulation that the work would be scrapped if he wasn’t satisfied with it. “He is amazingly talented but controversial and can make eccentric moves. I realised if it didn’t work out we’d just say so and shake hands and leave.”


In the end, the move paid off with McCartney having his most successful move in years and exposing him to a brand new generation of music fans. McCartney goes on to discuss a tweet from a young fan who credited the rapper for ‘discovering’ this new singer called Paul McCartney. “Kids who didn’t know me suddenly did because of Kanye and Rihanna.”