Kanye West kicked off 2015 by releasing a new song -- a collaboration with Paul McCartney that holds special meaning to the rapper and his family.
According to a press release, Kanye and the former Beatle began working together on the song, titled “Only One,” at a bungalow in Los Angeles in early 2014.
While the two were brainstorming ideas, McCartney began playing a keyboard as Kanye sat his daughter North on his lap and began singing “Hello, my only one...”
Kanye says he was creating lyrics in a stream-of-consciousness riff and didn’t realize until he listened to the recording afterward that many of the words of the ballad had not come from him. Kanye says his late mom, Donda West, who died in 2007, spoke through him that day.
Kanye says the song was co-created by his late mother, “My mom was singing to me, and through my daughter,” says Kanye.
The rapper told people at the recording session that his name Kanye was chosen by his mother and it means “only one.”
The ballad begins with the lines:
"As I lay me down to sleep
I hear her speak to me
Hello Mari, How ya doin'
I think the storm ran out of rain the clouds are moving
I know you're happy, cause I can see it.
So tell the voice inside ya' head to believe it
I talked to God about you, he said he sent you an angel
Look at all that he gave you
You asked for one and you got two
You know I never left you
Cause every road that leads to Heaven's right inside you
so I can say
Hello my only one. Just like the morning sun
You'll keep on rising till the sky knows your name..."
The song concludes with the repeated lyric: “Tell Nori about me.” Nori is the nickname for Kanye’s daughter, North.
Kayne posted the song and lyrics to his official website Thursday. The song is available on iTunes.
“Only One is from Kanye’s upcoming untitled album.
Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian, posted her reaction on Instagram, saying the song makes her cry every time she hears it.
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