Beatle says Oprah Winfrey warned him against working with the rapper
McCartney and West worked together several times during 2014, creating tracks ‘All Day’, ‘Only One’ and ‘FourFiveSeconds’ together, the latter of which also featured Rihanna.
Speaking during a recording of Mastertapes for BBC Radio 4, McCartney referred to West as a “monster” and “a crazy guy who comes up with great stuff so he inspires me”.
Describing their work together, the former Beatle said: “I get this track back, a thing called ‘All Day’ [and] he’s taken my melody and he’s made it seriously urban, which is funny because the lyrics use the N-word – a lot! ‘How long have you been at the mall? All day, n-word.’“
McCartney continued to reveal that Oprah Winfrey had warned him against working with the rapper: “It’s a great record, sonically it’s brilliant, but quite a few people said, ‘You can’t be connected with this, there’s, like, 40 N-words!’ People like Oprah, who are a little conservative about that stuff, she says, ‘You shouldn’t do it, even black people shouldn’t use that word.’ I said, ‘Yeah, but it’s Kanye! And he’s talking about an urban generation that uses that word in a completely different way. It’s the context. So I was actually pleased with it.”
Watch Paul McCartney talking about working with Kanye in the clip below.
The episode of Mastertapes will be aired on BBC Radio 4 at 10am on Saturday (May 28). The full filmed interview is live on the Radio 4 website and below.
McCartney also spoke about depression he suffered after The Beatles and how Wings “weren’t that good”.
Paul McCartney recently paid tribute to The Beatles’ press officer Tony Barrow, who is credited with coining the phrase “The Fab Four”.
Earlier this month, Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono attended the memorial service of late Beatles producer George Martin, who passed away in March aged 90.