Paul McCartney says working with Kanye West reminded him of Andy Warhol

Beatles legend collaborated with the rapper on three tracks that came out in late 2014 and early 2015

Paul McCartney has discussed his experience working with Kanye West, saying the rapper’s working method reminded him of Andy Warhol.

The Beatles legend collaborated with the rapper on a trio of tracks that dropped in late 2014 and early 2015: ‘Only One’, ‘All Day’ and ‘FourFiveSeconds’, which also featured Rihanna.

“We had a few afternoons at the Beverly Hills Hotel,” McCartney recalled 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,” McCartney continued. “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.””

Asked whether he considers the controversial rapper a “genius”, McCartney replied: “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.'”

During the interview, McCartney also discussed his relationship with the late John Lennon, which he described as “irreplaceable”.