Paul McCartney was apparently warned against working with Kanye West by Blur and Gorillaz leader Damon Albarn. The Huffington Post quoted an interview Albarn gave to the French outlet L'Obs, in which he stated, that upon hearing that the former-Beatle was teaming up with the hip hop superstar, he texted him saying, "Be careful." Albarn went on to say, "Do not get me started on Kanye West. . . Kanye West trapped Paul McCartney. . . I have a problem with this abusive collaboration. We’re talking about Paul McCartney here, he’s so precious! We don’t hear him in the song. Kanye West only thinks about Kanye West. He uses a name to get in the newspapers, to say 'McCartney is in my song.' What’s more, he puts McCartney in the video of the song (where he accompanies Rihanna and West on the guitar), but not in the song itself. He didn’t take it into account at all. He does what he wants, it’s Paul McCartney . . . (Kanye West) is one of those people that feeds off of other people."

Last year, Paul McCartney shed light on his three recent collaborations with Kanye West -- "Only One," "All Day," and the Top Five hit "FourFiveSeconds" with West and Rihanna. During the 2017 Facebook chat he revealed how the unlikely -- yet creatively successful -- partnership came about: "I got a phone call and my manager said, 'Kanye West would like to work with you.' And I go, 'Yeah, we’ll do it.' 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. And it was a very intriguing process. 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."

He went on to say that he began doubting that any of their work together would see the light of day: "So I was waiting three months after we’d finished (recording). I didn’t really hear anything but, 'Hey, bro, what’s going on?' But I’m thinking, should I say, 'Did we write a song? Will a record come out of this?' Anyway, this arrives and it’s a Rihanna song. . . I said, 'This is great! I have to ring up and say, 'Am I on this?' And he goes, 'Oh, yeah. You’re the guitar player.' I go, 'I don’t remember.' And he said, 'We sped it up.' So they manipulated this kind of. . . 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."

Well over 50 years after hitting the American charts, Paul McCartney is as beloved and respected as any entertainer in history has ever been. He says that he understands that pop music will always go on and that part of the process is artists shaking things up for a new generation of kids: "You must remember that when the Beatles came out, the talk was about their long hair -- not about their music. The talk was about their clothes and the talk was about how different and what a shock they had been compared to what had gone before. 'Cause now, you look at the hair, it doesn't look long at all. Um. . . It's just image -- it always was and always will be. And in showbiz, there's always someone who wants to do the last guy."