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Kanye West f/ Paul McCartney “Only One”

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Happy New Year!

What better way to kick off 2015 than with a surprise new release from Kanye West.

“Only One” is instantly one of ‘Ye’s most emotional records to date as he sings in the perspective of his late mother Donda, speaking to Kanye from heaven about how proud she is. The song evolves as a dedication to Kanye’s daughter Nori, as you may also deduct from the cover art.

The soothing instrumental is courtesy of Mike Dean and Paul McCartney (you know, from The Beatles) as McCartney’s feature is the beautiful piano solo spanning the last fourth of the record. Before that lies the main takeaway though as West artfully paints a picture of his proud mother with his lyrics creating vivid, touching imagery.

UPDATE: Some sites report Mike Dean as one of the producers, and iTunes lists Kirby Lauryen, who is an additional writer on the track. Ty Dolla $ign reportedly contributes background vocals.

“Only One” is certainly a change of pace from Yeezus and more along the vein of Kanye’s first two albums (a sound that longtime fans have been clamoring for.) It’s remained to be seen if more of Kanye’s new music will follow the same tone and sound, but no matter the result, how can you not appreciate “Only One”?

So again, what better, and also… beautiful way to kick off 2015.

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Try This: Alternate “Hey Mama” in between your next listen of “Only One”.