'Only One' by Kanye West x Paul McCartney

Kanye West ended 2014 with a bang, starring in Balmain’s new campaign and getting named GQ’s Most Stylish Man of the Year, and in true Ye fashion he already started the new year with as much impact as he left the past one. While everyone else nursed hangovers Mr. West made his latest song available to the public, a beautiful and emotional collaboration with Paul McCartney titled ‘Only One’.

The ballad is written from Kanye’s late mother Donda West’s perspective, with Kanye saying in a statement, “My mom was singing to me, and through me to my daughter,” while also stating that the song is the first “publicly available recording from what has become a prolific musical collaboration between these two legendary artists." This means that we’re in for more surprises from the king of hip-hop and the Beatle/living legend, who for his part shared the link to the song on Facebook with the caption: “For any of you guys who were wondering what I was doing with Kanye… Happy rocking new year!”

We can’t help feeling emotional while listening to this song, during which Kanye’s raw lyrics go so perfectly hand in hand with McCartney’s piano playing, and it makes us think that although the collaboration might’ve seemed random beforehand, listening to the track verified that this might be one of the best things that will come out of 2015. Two music icons in one beautiful song…the new year couldn’t have started off better. Keep ‘em coming McKanye!

Buy ‘Only One’ here

Photos by Inez and Vinoodh

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