Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney Collaborate on New Song “Piss on My Grave”
It’s a plot device utilized in almost every major children’s or cop movie—two unlikely partners put aside their differences and save the day. But this is an article on a music website so I’m obviously not talking UP or 21 Jump Street. Yes, you read that title right. I didn’t just give this article a click-bait title to get you to read about some new Bon Iver album. Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney, known for his little side The Beatles, have put their minds and money into a few collaborated songs. One of them is indeed called “Piss on Your Grave”. I had to take the opportunity to give this the best title of all time. According to sources, Kanye and Paul began brainstorming in early 2014 in Los Angeles. I can only imagine how the first text message conversations went. According to Pitchfork “The process that would result in "Only One" began with a simple brainstorming session between the two: With McCartney improvising on the keyboards and Kanye vocally sketching and shaping ideas in a stream-of-consciousness riff.” The two then met and had a mass recording session in Mexico in September. They apparently recorded over nine songs, with many other famous artists contributing. The list includes Rihanna and Ty Dolla Sign. The song is a very emotional conversation between Kanye and his mother, Donda West, who died in 2007. As I just got done analyzing poems for my English class, I classify this song as “apostrophe:” referencing objects or persons who cannot be communicated to, abstract. Kanye was emotionally devastated when his mother died. With the birth of his daughter, Kanye must’ve felt a large whole in his life with his mother not able to be a part of the process. The lyrics are touching.
Kanye West is known to be an incredibly spiritual man. He is a devout Christian who often uses God and religion as a major part of his music. He takes a very hopeful and loving take on his current relation with his mother in this song. She wants him to know that she is proud of him and that he has to tell Nori about her.
McCartney is on piano is you haven’t guessed. Recently released from the multigenerational duo was “Four Five Seconds” featuring Rihanna. We must assume this was one of the songs worked on in Mexico. If you thought “Only One” was out of the norm for Kanye, especially with his recent releases (Yeezus…), this song is a complete 180 from tracks like “Black Skinhead”. It sounds like a soulful indie song.
So, where shall I end this? I believe that is a sign of the incredible times we live in that a member of the Beatles has teamed up to produce a litany of tracks with arguably the most important and powerful black male hip hop artist. Where are the other 7 songs they were working on according to Pitchfork? Who knows, but according to Ty Dolla Sign, one has already had a music video filmed. Oh, and yeah, one is rumored to be called “Piss on My Grave".