The Spike Jonze-directed clip scraps the seizure-inducing lights of “Paris” for something far more subdued. He walks with his dauther North down a desolate road on a foggy day. He’s not wearing a Givenchy kilt or leather jogging pants, but an outfit you could easily pick up from Kohl’s. It’s all appropriate for “Only One”—Kanye’s first collaboration with Paul McCartney—in which Kanye nixes the barking and yelling of Yeezus and sings 808s and Hearbreaks- style from the perspective of his late mother, with minimal production.
Perhaps the biggest difference in “Only One” is that Kanye looks happy. And that’s probably because he is. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday, during which he premiered a teaser for the video, he talked about how his marriage and fatherhood has changed him. He referred to his rant stage as his “terrible twos” phase of his rapping career, saying he’s become “a better human” since then.
“I’ve learned how to shut up more,” he said. “I think I’m a better human being because of [Kim Kardashian] and because of my daughter, and I have always someone to think about going home to: something for me to not only to be brave for what I want to do for humanity, but also to be more protective of myself for my family, because there’s things I’ve done in the past that were considered negative, but I was really jumping in front of the tank for other people, or for culture, in a way. So now, I always have to have that in my mind that I have a family that I have to protect, too.”