Paul McCartney Was 'Flattered' to Work With Kanye West, But Didn't Want to Seem Too 'Soppy'

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Sir Paul McCartney and Kanye West at the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. 

Paul McCartney gave a great behind-the-scenes account of working with Kanye West in yesterday (May 19)'s interview with The London Evening Standard

Does a living legend like Paul McCartney get excited about working with 'Ye? You bet. 

"It's good to connect with different artists," Macca said. "The secret is I keep myself very open to suggestions -- I still feel like I'm about 30. I'm lucky that someone like Kanye would go, 'Yes I would like to work with Paul McCartney' I was quite flattered -- I thought, 'Why does he want to work with me?' It was a few months later when I was starting to think, 'Should I ring him and ask him did anything come of the stuff we did?'"

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Yes, McCartney used the word "flattered" to describe being invited to the studio with Kanye. But he didn't want to come off too thirsty and bug him about what came out of the session. 

"But then I thought, 'I can't do that -- that's too soppy!' I'll just leave it and try and act cool. And suddenly he sends me 'Only One,' and then Rihanna's on the other record."

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Back on May 1, in an interview with The Mirror, he likened working with Kanye to working with John Lennon: "When I wrote with John, he would sit down with a guitar… We'd ping-pong till we had a song. It was like that."

Those sessions produced the tracks "All Day," "Only One," and "FourFiveSeconds," expected to appear on West's forthcoming album Swish


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