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A Brief History of Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s Mutual Fandom

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The two are reportedly working together on new music

Kanye West is hard at work on a follow-up to his critically-acclaimed album Yeezus, according to a recent interview with GQ. And Sir Paul McCartney will release New, his latest album, on October 14th. Now, rumors are swirling that the two may be headed into the studio together.

The New York Post quotes sources saying that West and McCartney have been secretly working in the studio together on a number of tracks that “could develop into an album” — including one song rumored to be titled “Piss on My Grave”.

While the song title may be hard to believe, the collaboration between the two megastars is not. After all, just last year Sir Paul told the UK’s Daily Mirror that he wanted to collaborate with West on his new album, but “resisted the temptation to get a rapper in.” Last year, during a Twitter Q & A, he mentioned that he bought West’s album.

The fandom is apparently mutual, too — as West was spotted at McCartney’s show in Los Angeles last week.

If the two are in the studio, one can only hope that the songs end up sounding like a new version of Macca’s Michael Jackson collaboration, “The Girl is Mine” — or perhaps “Bound 2 Hold Your Hand,” “Hey Mama, Live and Let Die ” or “She’s My Baby Gold Digger.

West isn’t the only artist that has captured the interest of the former Beatle; he’s also interested in collaborating with Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, but he hasn’t worked up the nerve to approach him yet. “My daughter Stella is very keen. She’s got a project, she keeps saying to me, ‘Ring Thom and just go into the studio and just see what you come out with,'” McCartney told NME. “I’m a bit sort of paranoid to just ring him up. ‘Hey Thom, it’s Paul here. What do you fancy, what are you doing? Do you fancy writing something?’ Just in case he says, ‘Er, actually I’m busy’.”

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