On the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day, Kanye West gifted the world with the uplifting, emotional ballad in honor of his daughter Nori "Only One." We already knew that Ye collaborated with Paul McCartney on the song, but later that day Ty Dolla $ign revealed that he was the one behind the crooned and auto-tuned harmonies that back up the song's chorus.
Now, Ty has talked more extensively with Billboard about the recording session he had with Kanye, and even teased a further collaboration between himself, Kanye and Paul McCartney that also features...Rihanna! Is there any artist in the world who could get those three on a song besides Kanye?
I'm daydreaming of the sheer power that will emanate off this combination of incredible talent. here's the most interesting tidbits from the interview:
On how he started working with Kanye:
One day my homie Ricky Anderson [Kanye's cousin] hit me up and was like, 'Kanye wants you to come work with him in Mexico,' so I came out there [and] we did like nine songs in one day; one of them happened to be 'Only One.'
On how it felt to hear "Only One" for the first time after it was released:
It's like running track and getting a gold medal. Constant gold medals!
On how Kanye handles the recording process:
[In] like 24 hours, [we recorded] seven songs or nine songs that day. I was like, 'I'm here with Kanye, I'm not gonna waste my time.' They really wanted me to stay for like a week, but I only had like two days, 'cause I was about to start the [Under the Influence of Music] tour.
He was open to my input, like, 'do whatever you want to do. Here's your mic. Do you need anything?' I'm like 'Awesome! Let's get it!' [We were] in Mexico, at this big house. The back of the house had no walls and no doors; it was just open [and facing] the ocean. You would think he would want the mic enclosed and all that but we just had the doors open, and it came out perfect. That inspired me to record like that at the crib. Everybody [on his team] is into all the dope shit that's out and they said that my [Beach House] project was one of them.
On what he learned working with Kanye:
Just take my time and really examine what's dope and what's not. He reminds me of myself a lot. [He has] all the homies around, everybody being like 'yes' or 'no' [about a song]. Also, be real critical about what you do, [and] not just let anything go out there.
At first, I was wondering what he was gonna' think and all that shit, but I was like 'I'ma just do this like I'm doing it for myself' and everybody fucked with it. I gave that nervous shit up a couple years back and that's when I was able to get it pippin.' At first, I ain't gon' lie, I used to be a little nervous about what people were gon' think about my music but once I let that go, then everything started happening.
On whether or not there's more collaborations between him, Kanye and Paul McCartney coming out:
Me, Rihanna, 'Ye and Paul [Mc Cartney] got a song about to drop as well... Yeah. It's gonna drop soon. I heard they shot the video recently. I don't know what the final title is, but I know it's crazy so just be looking out for [it]. I'm not sure which ones are gonna make the final [cut], but there's a couple for sure. I don't want to talk about his album, I want him to present it how he wants to present it. I wouldn't want nobody talking about my shit either, so I'ma respect that.