And we thought A$AP Rocky was going to make the most noise New Year’s Eve.
As 2014’s last hurrah approached, so did something equally powerful: Yeezy Season. Rumors swirled all day about a new track from West. With 25 minutes left to bid farewell to the ghastly year, our collective prayers were answered. First a leak and later an official release through West’s website, “Only One” floated down from hip-hop’s heavens and graced us mortals here on earth.
I am absolutely reaching for low-hanging fruit right now. Guilty. But the biased response by way of religious imagery is called for because the track is (1) fantastic and (2) at long last bridges two icons from disparate eras. Yes, that is living legend Paul McCartney stroking those organ keys in yet another victory for minimalism. Ty Dolla $ign apparently contributed here (the raw backing vocals that pop up now and again), which is a plus I guess.
This might be the most timeless piece of music to feature autotune since Kanye’s very own “Street Lights,” which fittingly lives on an album also inspired by West’s late mother, Donda. “Only One” harbors West’s most poignant songwriting to date, and we couldn’t be more excited to hear what he has in store.