Paul McCartney says he was ‘flattered’ and ‘lucky’ to work with Kanye West

The pair recently collaborated on tracks 'All Day', 'Only One' and 'FourFiveSeconds'

Paul McCartney has discussed his recent collaborations with rapper Kanye West, describing himself as feeling “lucky” and “flattered” to be working with the hip-hop star.

The unlikely duo collaborated on new music for West’s forthcoming album, with tracks ‘All Day’, ‘Only One’ and ‘FourFiveSeconds’ already unveiled ahead of its release.

Speaking to the Evening Standard ahead of his London shows this weekend, the former Beatle claimed to have been surprised that West wanted to work with him.

“It’s good to connect with different artists,” McCartney said. “The secret is I keep myself very open to suggestions – I still feel like I’m about 30.”

He continued, “I’m lucky that someone like Kanye would go, ‘Yes I would like to work with Paul McCartney’. I was quite flattered – I thought, ‘Why does he want to work with me?’ It was a few months later when I was starting to think, ‘should I ring him and ask him did anything come of the stuff we did?’ But then I thought ‘I can’t do that — that’s too soppy!’ I’ll just leave it and try and act cool.”

McCartney revealed that he didn’t hear anything back from West until their collaborative tracks were due for release. “Suddenly he sends me ‘Only One’, and then Rihanna’s on the other record [‘FourFiveSeconds’].”

Paul McCartney previously compared collaborating with West to working with John Lennon. He told The Sun, “When I wrote with John, he would sit down with a guitar… We’d ping-pong till we had a song. [Working with West] was like that.”

McCartney also explained how the story behind The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ helped inspired West’s ‘Only One’. “We sat around and talked an awful lot just to break the ice,” he said. “One of the stories I told him was about how I happened to have written ‘Let It Be.’ 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.”

Paul McCartney plays London’s O2 on May 23 and 24. Listen to his collaborations with Kanye West below.