According to Paul McCartney, “Only One,” his collaboration with Kanye West, was inspired by the Beatles’ “Let It Be.” In a conversation with The Sun, the legendary singer-songwriter shed some light on how the story behind the Beatles’ timeless song influenced Kanye’s single, which was written from the perspective of the his late mother Donda West:
“We sat around and talked an awful lot just to break the ice. One of the stories I told him was about how I happened to have written ‘Let It Be.’ … My mum came to me in a dream when she’d died years previously. I was in a bit of a state—it was the ’60s and I was overdoing it. In the dream she said, ‘Don’t worry it’s all going to be fine, just let it be.’ And I woke up and thought, ‘Woah’ and wrote the song. … [Kanye] said, ‘I’m going to write a song with my mum.’ So then I sat down at the piano.”
He further revealed that he and Kanye employed a similar process that McCartney and John Lennon used when they wrote Beatles songs together.
“When I wrote with John, he would sit down with a guitar. I would sit down. We’d ping-pong till we had a song,” McCartney said. “[Working with Kanye] was like that.”
Listen to “Let It Be” here.