Kanye West Pays Tribute To North West and Mother In “Only One”

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There may not have been any Beyoncé-esque surprise albums to end 2014, but Kanye West unveiled a poignant collaboration to his daughter to kick-off the new year with former Beatles musician Paul McCartney on the keyboard.

Available for a listen on Kanye’s website or via the iTunes store, the tribute “Only One” was written in the perspective of Kanye’s late mother Donda, who passed at 58 from surgery complications in 2007. As a mentor, confidante and best friend, Donda seemed to have spoken to her granddaughter through her son with the power of music.

“Kanye sat there with his family, holding his daughter North on his lap, and listened to his vocals, singing, ‘Hello, my only one…’ And it that moment, not only could he not recall having sung those words, but he realized that perhaps the words had never really come from him,” Def Jam Recordings released in a statement. “And then it dawned on everyone there: Something powerful and undeniable had occurred through the power of music and of letting go. A message had been passed down through generations.”

The statement also noted that Kanye’s name, which Donda had chosen, means only one. Of all the songs Kanye ever produced, wife Kim Kardashian says this one is her favorite.

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“My mom was singing to me, and through me to my daughter,” Kanye said.

Listen to the sweet song and lyrics HERE and tell us what you think!

(Photo by Inez and Vinoodh)