LISTEN: Kanye West Releases New Song About Daughter North Called “Only One,” Featuring Paul McCartney
Shortly before the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, Kanye West dropped a new single called “Only One,” featuring background vocals and piano accompaniment by Paul McCartney. The rapper’s latest release is a tender and soft song about his late mother Donda and his daughter North, whose nickname is “Nori.”
The song was written from the perspective of West’s mom, who died in 2007 from complications following surgery. The lyrics include, “I talked to God about you/He said he sent you an angel/And look at all that he gave you.” He later sings, “When you cry, I will cry/And when you smile, I will smile.” West then ends “Only One” by repeatedly singing, “Tell Nori about me, tell Nori about me.” West said in a statement, “My mom was singing to me, and through me to my daughter.” He also explained the song’s title, saying the name “Kanye” means “Only one.”
It was first rumored that West and McCartney were going to collaborate on a song back in August after the rapper attended a concert by the former Beatle at Dodger Stadium in L.A. At the time, though, it was believed the song wouldn’t be nearly as touching as “Only One.” Surprisingly, the song doesn’t showcase McCartney more.
Kim Kardashian took to Twitter early Thursday morning to promote her husband’s new song, writing, “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.” She added, “I cry every time I hear this song.” Earlier in the night, Kardashian slammed a number of rumors about herself and West, including that they’re having “marriage problems” and that she’s pregnant. She ended her Twitter rant by saying how she and West were going to spend New Year’s: “The Wests are cooking, watching movies and just relaxing tonight. Best way to ring in the new year!”
Listen to “Only One” below, and tell us what you think. NOTE: Video is no longer available.