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Kanye West: My Mom Sang Through Me to My Daughter

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Courtesy Inez and Vinoodh

Kanye West released a new song New Year’s Day that carries special meaning for him and his family.

The rapper collaborated with former Beatle Paul McCartney on “Only One,” which West says was also co-created by his late mother, Donda West.

West and McCartney began working together on the song in early 2014 in a small bungalow in Los Angeles, and the rapper had a moving experience while the pair was brainstorming. (The song, which is the first single off his upcoming solo album, is available exclusively on iTunes for the next week.)

West took daughter North on his lap and began singing, “Hello, my only one … ” and the song was born. “My mom was singing to me, and through me to my daughter,” he said. He then explained to those present at the recording session that the name Kanye, chosen by his mother, means “only one.”

The rapper and singer posted the lyrics and song on his website Thursday, and his wife, Kim Kardashian, also posted a photo on Instagram of West and North to announce the song’s release.

“Everyone asks me what my favorite Kanye song is. It’s Only One. Kanye felt like his mom was singing thru him to our daughter. This song makes me cry every time I hear it,” she wrote in the caption.

Kanye West (left) and Paul McCartney
Courtesy Inez and Vinoodh