For Kanye West, the New Year means a new song release. And that’s just what he did as he dropped his new song, "Only One," which is a tribute to his daughter and his late mother Dr. Donda West. Read on for further details.
After his mother’s death due to surgery complications in November 2007, Kanye has dedicated some of his performances to her. His latest song, "Only One," is an emotional ballad written in Donda’s perspective and is actually a collaboration with Paul McCartney himself playing the organ solo and background vocals.
"Only One" is Kanye’s first song release since his Yeezus album back in 2013 and is rumored to be the first of many collaborations with McCartney.
"In early 2014, Paul McCartney and Kanye West first began working together in a small bungalow in Los Angeles. The process that would result in 'Only One' began with a simple brainstorming session between the two: With McCartney improvising on the keyboards and Kanye vocally sketching and shaping ideas in a stream-of-consciousness riff," said Kanye's representative in a statement.
In the song, Donda says of how proud she is of her "only one," which Kanye explained to be the meaning of his name. At the end of the song, the phrase “Tell Nori about me” is continuously repeated, as if it is Donda’s wish to make sure her granddaughter knows about her even though she’s gone.
Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian, posted on Instagram the single’s featured photo of her husband with their daughter on his lap. Her caption reads: “Everyone asks me what my favorite Kanye song is. It's Only One. Kanye felt like his mom was singing thru him to our daughter. This song makes me cry every time I hear it.”
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