January 30, 2015

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8 Best New Hip Hop Songs We Heard in January

#1Kanye West & Paul McCartney, "Only One"

The best songs are often the ones that you can't tell if you love or hate till you've listened a few dozen times. Kanye West's landmark 2013 album Yeezus was like that, and so is our first taste of his upcoming 2015 record. (Still untitled, still without a release date.) It's been a while since we heard about the collaborations between Kanye and Sir Paul McCartney, 50 percent of the still-alive Beatles.

And the wait was so worth it! Paul doesn't sing, but his rich organ/keyboard melodies lay the groundwork not only for Kanye to sing a lovely, emotional ballad about his wife and daughter (sung from the point-of-view of his late mother, Donda West), but for Kanye to actually give the world his first genuine Beatles-esque song. Trust us—"Only One" actually segues brilliantly into McCartney classics like "Yesterday" and "The Long and Winding Road." Pretty uncanny. (ALSO: The brand new video is severely cute.)

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