Paul McCartney defends Kanye West’s use of the N-Word.
In an episode of Radio 4’s Mastertapes, Sir Paul McCartney defended Kanye West‘s use of the N-Word on their collaborative non-album single “All Day.” In the interview, the Beatles alum reveals how he whispered Kanye an old melody he wrote back in 1969, inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Man With a Guitar. McCartney himself didn’t believe much came out of the session and figured he wouldn’t use the melody at all. But a few months later, he was in for quite the surprise.
“I get this track back, a thing called ‘All Day’: he’s taken my melody and he’s made it seriously urban, which is funny because the lyrics use the N-word – a lot! ‘How long have you been at the mall? All day, n-word.'”
However, many notable public figures such as Oprah Winfrey were quick to warn Paul that his association with the track may not be the best idea, citing the explicit lyrics and edgy subject matter.
“People like Oprah, who’s a little conservative about that stuff, said, ‘You shouldn’t do it, even black people shouldn’t use that word. I said, ‘Yeah, but it’s Kanye! And he’s talking about an urban generation that uses that word in a completely different way. It’s the context. So I was actually pleased with it.”
However, McCartney was insistent on working on “All Day,” defending West’s repeated use of the word, and even praising his work.
“It’s a great record, sonically it’s brilliant, but quite a few people said, ‘You can’t be connected with this, there’s, like, 40 N-words.'”
In that same writing session, West and McCartney collaborated with R&B singer Rihanna to release the hit single “Forty-Five Seconds” which they performed at The Super Bowl last year. Radio 4’s Mastertapes episode featuring Paul McCartney airs May 28 on BBC. Check out a clip below and let us know what you think.