Paul McCartney explains why he loves collaborating with Kanye West.
A collaboration between The Beatles icon Paul McCartney and Kanye West seemed unbelievable at first. Now the pair’s work together has resulted in some of the years biggest hits, including “All Day,” Only One” and “FourFiveSeconds”.
McCartney discusses his time working with Kanye in an interview with Rolling Stone.
“The only deal I made with Kanye was that if it doesn’t work, we won’t tell anyone. I didn’t know his system. I’d heard things like, ‘He’s got a room full of guys working on riffs, and he walks around going, ‘I like that one.’ It reminded me of Andy Warhol, these artists who use students to paint their backgrounds and things. It’s a well-used technique. I thought, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to fit into that, but let’s see. Here goes nothing.'”
“I whistled it for him. His engineer was recording it, and it went into the pool of ingredients. Kanye was just collecting things. We weren’t going to sit down and write a song so much as talk and spark ideas off each other. It was only when I got this song, the Rihanna record and ‘Only One,’ the three tracks we did, that I went, ‘I get it. He’s taken my little whistle-y thing.’ It returned to me as an urban hip hop riff. I love that record.”
McCartney also responded to a question about whether he saw Kanye as “a genius”.
“I don’t throw that word around [laughs]. I think he’s a great artist. Take My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I played it when I was cooking, and it was like, ‘This is good. There’s some really innovative stuff.’ When the word came from his people, through my people [laughs], I thought, ‘Let’s give it a go.’”