Late, but always on time. Kanye West brings in the new year with a sentimental track “Only One” featuring Paul McCartney. This serves as his first official record since 2013’s Yeezus. Fans have gotten glimpses of new music, including the unfinished track “God Level” and the leaked “All Day” snippet, but they don’t come close to this.
The gentle auto-toned record takes the perspective of Kanye’s late mother Donda West as she looks down upon him from Heaven. “Hey, hey, one day you’ll be the man you always knew you would be / and if you knew how proud I was / you’d never shed a tear, have a fear, no you wouldn’t do that,” Ye sings over sweet piano chords from a quite McCartney. The song hits close to home for Sir Paul as it sounds similar to his iconic ballad “Let it Be,” which was about the death of his mother.
Kim Kardashian – Kanye’s wife – took to twitter to share her thoughts about her hubby’s new song:
People always ask me what my favorite Kanye song is and it’s Only One. Kanye feels like his mom sang thru him to our daughter. — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 1, 2015
I cry every time I hear this song — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 1, 2015
And such a beautiful photo of Kanye and North by Inez and Vinoodh — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 1, 2015
There hasn’t been confirmation if “Only One” serves as an independent release or if it’s attached to a bigger body of work. Kanye is expected to drop an album soon, but no release date or tracklist has surfaced. In the meantime, “Only One” featuring Paul McCartney is available for purchase on iTunes, and can also be heard on Kanye’s official site kanyewest.com alongside a handwritten version of the lyrics.
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