Crucial Questions About the (Possibly Fictional) Kanye West and Paul McCartney Collaboration
Last fall, Paul McCartney listed a few records he’d recently bought. The albums came from the National, the Civil Wars, Jay Z, and Kanye West. It appears Kanye noticed his famous fan, because “Page Six” is reporting that Yeezy and Macca have “quietly been collaborating on a number of tracks that could develop into an album.” There’s reportedly a song “tentatively titled ‘Piss on My Grave,’” and it’s “sparking some chatter,” as it should.
Among that chatter, presumably: Whose grave is getting whizzed on? Will the KanCartYe tracks be better than Paulvana? Will they sound Yeezus-y or more Band on the Run–ish? Is there actually a Paul-Kanye album on the way, or is this another “Elton John on ‘All of the Lights'” sort of low-key, one-off affair? Has Paul heard Kanye’s line “And what’s a black Beatle anyway, a fucking roach?” Have Kanye and Paul had a good laugh about the similarities between Yeezus/”I Am a God” and John Lennon’s “We’re more popular than Jesus” comment? What’s Kanye West’s favorite Beatles song? There’s no way Kanye’s more of a McCartney guy than a Lennon guy, right? What does Paul think of Watch the Throne? How much of these guys’ time together is spent discussing Michael Jackson?
Possibly adding to the veracity of this tasty rumor is the fact that Kanye attended McCartney’s Dodger Stadium concert on August 10. (Who was he there with? Oh, just David Spade.) Shortly after, a source told the U.K.’s Sun newspaper, “Kanye and Paul have known each other for a long time but have become more friendly recently. There’s every chance they’ll head into the studio together. Kanye really respects music legends and is still putting the finishing touches to his new album.”
Now let’s imagine an incredible new reality in which Kanye West and Paul McCartney release an album, tour together, and play “A Day in the Life” and “Otis” back to back, with Kanye doing John’s verses and Paul spitting Jay’s bars.