Paul McCartney has compared Kanye West to John Lennon, thus simultaneously boosting an already superhuman ego and horrifying Beatles fans everywhere, but the million dollar question is, does this make Kim Kardashian the new Yoko Ono? And can we expect some groundbreaking conceptual art from West’s wife sometime soon?
Probably not, Kim is no Yoko, any more than West is Lennon, but it’s interesting to see just how far McCartney will go to make Lennon’s role in the Beatles songwriting partnership seem somewhat insignificant when compared to the ongoing might of brand Macca!
The most boyish of all the Beatles told the Sun newspaper that working with Kanye West is very similar to working with John Lennon.
It’s a strange comparison to make, considering that McCartney has only worked on a handful of tracks with West over the course of two afternoons, while the big-hearted bassist worked with Lennon for many years on 12 hit albums and countless singles. Yet as is his want, McCartney makes the comparison nevertheless.
“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. It was like that.”
Paul also reveals his reluctance to work with West and his fears for the worst after hearing tales about the rapper’s legendary ego.
“My first thought was, ‘Woah, what am I going to get into here. He is amazingly talented but controversial and can make eccentric moves. I realized if it didn’t work out we’d just say so and shake hands and leave.”
Not only have West and McCartney now recorded some spectacularly average music together, the two of them have become firm buddies who have both co-written songs with partners in this world and the next. As Paul explained.
“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 Sixties 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.
“I told Kanye this and he said, ‘I’m going to write a song with my mum.’ So then I sat down at the piano.”
And the rest as they say, is history.