Who is more powerful: Oprah, or one of two living Beatles? The answer, apparently, is Kanye West, which Paul McCartney himself had to admit after Oprah asked him to disassociate himself from "All Day," his collaboration with West from last year, because of the rapper's use of the "n-word" in the song. "Yeah, but it's Kanye!" McCartney apparently protested to Oprah. Good excuse.
Said McCartney in an interview with BBC Radio 4:
I get this track back, a thing called 'All Day': he's taken my melody and he's made it seriously urban, which is funny because the lyrics use the N-word -- a lot! People like Oprah, who's a little conservative about that stuff, said, ‘You shouldn't do it, even black people shouldn't use that word. I said, ‘Yeah, but it's Kanye!' And he's talking about an urban generation that uses that word in a completely different way. It's the context. So I was actually pleased with it.
Probably a good call, Paul. Don't challenge Kanye. But also, like, maybe don't use the word "urban" in quite this context? Is one allowed to give advice to the person who wrote "Yesterday?"