Kanye West & Paul McCartney and Four Other Strange Musical Collaborations

Yeezy and Macca are planning "a prolific musical collaboration."
Yeezy and Macca are planning "a prolific musical collaboration."
Photo by Inez and Vinoodh

Bon Iver, Jamie Foxx, Chief Keef, Hudson Mohawk, and now, Paul McCartney. That's just a partial list of Kanye West collaborators. Ever since the Chi-Town don rapped "call him Kwah-li or Kwey-li, I put him on songs with Jay Z," fans have known to expect left-field musical partnerships, and that's part of the rapper/producer's charm.

His latest effort, "Only One," with the former Beatle, is soulful, uplifting, and reflective. We expected a proper duet, but what we got is an auto-tuned Kanye set to McCartney's keys. Still, we're loving it.

As we digest the tune, we can't help thinking about strange pairings. Some not so successful. And others oddly heartwarming.

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Kanye West and Paul McCartney's "Only One"

The press release for this tune tells a strange story. Turns out, "Only One" emerged while McCartney churned random riffs and West freestyled. Listening back, they discovered the melody and the basic premise, but Kanye couldn't remember singing the lines. He claims his mother, the late Donda West, was speaking through him. That's either adorable or spooky as shit. In any case, we think the song is nice.

Lou Reed and Metallica's Lulu

This pairing, on the other hand, is really fucking weird. Why does Lou Reed sound like Bob Dylan on this track? Anyway, the man who made Metal Machine Music got together with the guys who made metal mainstream for a complete collaboration album in 2011. It was the Velvet Underground frontman's last recorded LP before passing away in 2013.

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