Sir Paul McCartney reveals he helped inspire Kanye West's song Only One by telling the rapper how The Beatles' hit Let It Be was about his mother

He's an icon of the music industry, who is known around the world for the incredible influence he's had as a musician.

And Sir Paul McCartney revealed how he helped to inspire Kanye West with his song Only One, in an interview for Billboard’s 125th Anniversary Issue on Thursday.

Discussing how The Beatles' hit was based on a dream he had about his mother, the singer, 77, said: 'Kanye was looking at his iPad, basically scrolling through images of Kim [Kardashian]. 

Advice: Sir Paul McCartney revealed on Thursday he helped inspire Kanye West's song Only One by telling the rapper how The Beatles' hit Let It Be was about his mother (pictured 2015)

Advice: Sir Paul McCartney revealed on Thursday he helped inspire Kanye West's song Only One by telling the rapper how The Beatles' hit Let It Be was about his mother (pictured 2015)

'At one point I told him how 'Let It Be' came from a dream about my mother, who had died years before, where she said,"Don’t worry, just let it be." 

'He said, "I’m going to write a song about my mother," ... And it became Only One.'

Sir Paul has also collaborated with West and Rihanna on writing the lyrics for FourFiveSeconds, which he called a 'modern process'.

Inspiration: In an interview for Billboard, Sir Paul said: 'At one point I told him how 'Let It Be' came from a dream about my mother... He said "I¿m going to write a song about my mother"

Inspiration: In an interview for Billboard, Sir Paul said: 'At one point I told him how 'Let It Be' came from a dream about my mother... He said "I’m going to write a song about my mother"

'I was happy to open myself up to [it]...I was sitting around, just strumming a little groove, and nobody said, “Let’s make a song of that.” 

'But months later I got a song with Rihanna on it and I said, “Where am I?” I thought that record was great. Every time we go to a club, my wife Nancy requests it."

Going on to talk about The Beatles' heyday, he said making music with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr was an interesting experience as they would always try new things.

Sir Paul explained: 'We’d do one song, and it’d be a hit, and instead of doing another with the same formula, we’d say, "OK, we’ve done that." You listen to The Beatles’ output and no two songs are alike." 

And he went on to say of reworking old tracks: 'I go through these songs, and when we remaster, I go to Abbey Road, and it’s like popping into the office. And I get to hear these songs I haven’t heard forever.'

Read the full interview in Billboard's 125 Anniversary issue, which is out on Saturday. 

Icons: Talking about The Beatles' heyday, he said making music with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr (pictured in 1964) was interesting because 'no two songs are alike'

Icons: Talking about The Beatles' heyday, he said making music with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr (pictured in 1964) was interesting because 'no two songs are alike' 

Sir Paul McCartney reveals he helped inspire Kanye West's song Only One

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