Lennon and McCartney is one of those classic combinations. Like bread and butter, night and day, fish and chips: Their music speaks to generations over half a century after its release, like it was written this morning. But Sir Paul McCartney compares working with Kanye West, who as we all know is in need of good ego-boost, to writing with the late great musical icon.
Yeezy and Macca have become best pals since hooking up for the rapper’s single One Day. Understandably, working with a Beatle is possibly going to go down as a highlight of Kanye’s glittering career but according to Sir Paul McCartney himself, working with Kanye may have been one of his as well.
The Love Me Do chart-topper and his hip-hop heavyweight buddy spent two afternoons penning tracks for the rapper’s pending seventh album So Help Me God, expected to drop in the coming weeks. And their session was similar to his days working with Lennon, says Paul.
“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,” the 72-year-old told The Sun.
Although, he admitted being initially reluctant to work with the rapper, who’s reputation is sensationally divisive. “My first thought was, ‘Woah, what am I going to get into here?’
“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.”
Thankfully the meeting blossomed an unlikely friendship, a collection of stunning singles – including a further collaboration with Bajan babe Rihanna on FourFiveSeconds – and potentially a duet at Glastonbury. Okay, that might be a long shot but the singer says they’re good buds and shared intimate stories amid a unexpected bonding session.
“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’,” he tells the paper. “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.’ So then I sat down at the piano.”
So there we have it. If you thought Kanye’s head couldn’t get any bigger, you’d be sadly mistaken.