'Only One' finds West singing from the perspective of his late mother over former Beatle's backing
Against McCartney’s organ playing, ‘Only One’ finds West singing from the perspective of his late mother Donda who died in 2007, hearing her speak to him from beyond the grave. She tells him to “tell Nori about me”, referring to North, his child with wife Kim Kardashian. She also offers some praise for her son, saying “the good outweighs the bad, even on your worst day.”
Kardashian explained ‘Only One’ is her favourite song by her husband. She said: “Kanye felt like his mom was singing thru him to our daughter,” she said. “This song makes me cry every time I hear it.”
It’s possible there’s another collaboration between the pair out there. The New York Post reported last year that West and the former Beatle were working on a song called ‘Piss On My Grave’. West has postponed the release of his next LP, the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Yeezus’, after previously saying it would arrive in the autumn of 2014. Aside from this track, McCartney’s most-recent work is the song ‘Hope For The Future’, his song featured on the soundtrack of video game ‘Destiny’.
Last year, during an online Q&A, McCartney said a show on West and Jay Z’s ‘Watch The Throne’ tour had been the best gig he’d been to. During the same session, he revealed his favourite TV shows were ‘Veep’ and ‘Family Feud’ and that he was occasionally star-struck when meeting Bob Dylan.