Any Kanye tidbits is worth a gander, amirite?! Especially since there’s some mystery surrounding his upcoming music after the surprise New Year’s release of “Only One”.
Kanye gave a 45 minute talk at the iHeartMedia Music Summit and talked about his “responsibility to innovate”, wanting to be on radio, and the process of working with McCartney on “Only One”.
Oh, and he previewed a song with Rihanna on it. Here’s the story from Billboard:
He talked at length about his experience of working with Paul McCartney on “Only One.” The song came together with McCartney jamming and Kanye freestyling, and West said he only realized when he heard the song played back that “my only one” was a name his mother had called him.
He recalled how many girls he’d made out with to the Beatles’ “Come Together” and what a sexy song it is, and how he was in complete disbelief when Paul stood across from him and played the bassline. He also recalled jokingly asking the Beatle, “What was pussy like in the ’60s?”
He then sang some of “Only One” a cappella, and you could hear a pin drop in the room.
He finished by playing one new song: a duet with Rihanna (title unknown) that featured acoustic guitar and a big, soaring chorus and melody with a massive hook. He then slammed his laptop shut and walked offstage to a standing ovation.
Best ending to a lecture ever. Professor Kanye West? Haha.
BONUS: Thought this was cool.