Paul McCartney is opening up about his 2015 collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West on their hit song, “FourFive Seconds”.
Speaking with Australian comedian Tim Minchin on Facebook Live Wednesday, the 75-year-old Beatles singer, who is set to perform five shows across Australia and New Zealand this December, revealed what it was like working with the famed rapper.
“I got a phone call and my manager said, ‘Kanye West would like to work with you,'” Billboard reports McCartney recalling. “I was a little bit nervous at first because I thought it could go horribly wrong. But I was intrigued to see what he was up to and how he did it.”
“It was a very intriguing process,” the musical legend said. “You basically don’t write songs. You basically just talk and noodle a bit and you record it all on your phone. And then he goes away. And that’s basically his record. But it was great doing it because I don’t work like that.”
Comparing West’s recording process to the making of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, McCartney said that he was “waiting three months” until he heard the song featuring Rihanna and his “sped-up” guitar playing.
“They manipulated this kind of…,” he revealed, noting that he wasn’t upset after hearing the changed song. “Although, we’re talking about Sgt. Pepper, we loved manipulating. So I think we would have been into a lot of these tricks nowadays because we did speed things up a little bit.”