It’s no secret that Paul McCartney and Kanye West have a great working relationship.

Though in a recent interview, Paul revealed that he didn’t expect Kanye to sample him in his “All Day” video, and that he was a little torn on how he felt about it.

“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.’ 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.”

‘Ye made the song in a series of recording sessions with Paul, where he says he had whistled the melody from one of the songs he had composed for The Beatles that went unused. He didn’t expect Kanye to use it, but he did.

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Even though he agrees that the lyrics were very explicit, he sees the use of the n-word has a poetic license:

“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.”


We knew Paul was down.

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About The Author Samantha Callender

Samantha Callender is a multimedia journalist whose work ranges from entertainment journalism to pieces highlighting social issues in multicultural communities. Samantha strives to find intersects between entertainment and social matters, believing that pop culture has the power to not only entertain the masses, but to educate them as well. Her goal when storytelling is to write pieces that serve as a catalyst to prompt dialogue and activism. Her work can be seen on VIBE, The Source, Jet Magazine, The Root, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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