In 2014 Paul McCartney received an unexpected message: Kanye West was interested in writing music with him. McCartney agreed, though he was unsure of what awaited him.
The couple met a few afternoons in Los Angeles, and McCartney quickly discovered that his interpretation of a writing session differed from Wests. They spent most of the time talking.
“I had my bass ready if we were to get more serious,” McCartney later said GQ. “I thought we could actually sit down and write a song the way I was used to writing a song – actually do something there and then. It turned out we were making an ‘ingredient pool,’ and that’s it. the way he does it. “
This “ingredient pool” eventually included additional vocals from another unexpected source: Rihanna. Although West’s style of music was a bit confusing for McCartney, the resulting track, “FourFiveSeconds,” became his biggest hit for decades. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as No. 54, but within a few weeks shot to No. 4.
“If I want to go somewhere else, from where I usually go, or where I’re expected to go, I’m going. And if I enjoy it, that’s enough for me,” McCartney said. “The great thing is that all sorts of hysterical things come out of it. I mean, there are a lot of people who think Kanye discovered me. And that’s not a joke.”
You can learn more about this collaboration in the video below from our “Odd Couples” series.
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