McCartney praises Kanye West

Los Angeles: The Beatles star Paul McCartney is a fan of hip-hop and he has praised Kanye West as a "great artiste". McCartney has revealed he occasionally goes to see hip-hop artistes performing live so that he can understand more about the "music of now", reports He said: "I listen to it for, you could call it, education. I hear a lot of it and go to concerts occasionally. I went to see Jay Z and Kanye when they toured. I've seen Drake live. It's the music of now. "I think Kanye's a great artiste. Take 'My beautiful dark twisted fantasy'. I played it when I was cooking, and it was like, 'This is good. There's some really innovative stuff.'" The 74-year-old singer teamed up with the "Bound 2" hitmaker on three tracks recently and has revealed how the recording process went. He said: "The only deal I made with Kanye was that if it doesn't work, we won't tell anyone. I didn't know his system. I'd heard things like, 'He's got a room full of guys working on riffs, and he walks around going, 'I like that one.' "It reminded me of Andy Warhol, these artists who use students to paint their backgrounds and things. It's a well-used technique. I thought, 'I don't know how I'm going to fit into that, but let's see. Here goes nothing.' "I whistled it for him. His engineer was recording it, and it went into the pool of ingredients. Kanye was just collecting things. We weren't going to sit down and write a song so much as talk and spark ideas off each other. "It was only when I got this song ('All day'), the Rihanna record ('FourFiveSeconds') and 'Only one,' the three tracks we did, that I went, 'I get it. He's taken my little whistle-y thing.' It returned to me as an urban hip hop riff. I love that record."