Listen: Kanye and Paul McCartney Release “Only One”

The unlikely duo releases a moving track billed as the first of many collabs.

The first single from rapper Kanye West’s new, currently untitled album was released on the first day of 2015. “Only One” is a duet between Kanye West and the iconic Beatles singer Paul McCartney. It is said to be the first of “several” collaborations between the two, and a fusion of two generations.

A press release stated:

“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.”

Stream the single and check out the lyrics and the album art on Kanye West’s website.