Yesterday we told you how Kanye West borrowed the So Help Me God album art from a 2010 heavy metal album. We’re not sure what significance it holds (illuminati?), but now it seems his new single also has an unusual genesis. “All Day” dropped yesterday afternoon and features not only Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom, but Paul McCartney on whistling duties. However, that’s not Macca’s only role in the song’s creation. The final minute of the rap track bears a striking resemblance to one of Sir Paul’s songs from 45 years ago.
The piece was originally recorded by McCartney during the 1970 sessions for his album, Ram. Called “When the Wind Is Blowing,” the gentle lullaby of a track sadly didn’t make the final cut for the album and was never released. But listening to bootlegs, you can clearly hear the song’s relation to the segment in “All Day.”
Aside from simply being pretty, the melody’s reappearance in Yeezy’s latest release may have a deeper meaning. McCartney composed the piece while in the hospital with his first wife Linda during the birth of the couple’s first child, Mary, in 1969. Perhaps he and Kanye were discussing the trials and tribulations of being both new dads and world famous artists, which then sparked Paul’s memory of the song fragment. It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve bonded together musically over major life milestones. The elegant collaboration “Only One,’ was inspired by the shared pain of losing their mothers early in life.
Of course, we’re purely speculating, but great art does come from within. And Kanye’s new tracks are very good art, indeed. And speaking of specularing, let’s go back to those illuminati rumors, shall we? Gossip Table investigates!
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