Published Aug 11, 2016Last year, Beatles legend Paul McCartney collaborated on three singles with Kanye West (though given McCartney's recent guestlist troubles, we're surprised one of them wasn't "No More Parties in L.A."). Now, in a new interview, Macca has opened up about their creative process.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, McCartney explained that they teamed up in secret at the Beverly Hills Hotel. "The only deal I made with Kanye was that if it doesn't work, we won't tell anyone," he said.
Prior to their sessions, McCartney already had some lofty expectations for his time with 'Ye. "I'd heard things like, 'He's got a room full of guys working on riffs, and he walks around going, 'I like that one.' It reminded me of Andy Warhol, these artists who use students to paint their backgrounds and things. It's a well-used technique. I thought, 'I don't know how I'm going to fit into that, but let's see. Here goes nothing.'"
When asked if he considers Kanye a genius, however, McCartney wasn't so sure. "I don't throw that word around," he said with a laugh. "I think he's a great artist. Take My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I played it when I was cooking, and it was like, 'This is good. There's some really innovative stuff.' When the word came from his people, through my people [laughs], I thought, 'Let's give it a go.'"
Listen to the pair team up with Rihanna on "FourFiveSeconds" below.