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Who is this Kanye West Anyway?

January 9th, 2015

Kanye West, aka Mr Kim Kardashian and former Beatle Paul McCartney recorded a song together, the newly released single Only One. Shockingly, to some anyway, some of West’s fans don’t have a clue who this McCartney kid is. They took to Twitter to express their ignorance. One, for instance, read, “… Kanye is going to give this man (McCartney) a career w/ this new song!!” Yet another offered, “Kanye has a great ear for talent. This Paul McCartney guy gonna be huge.” Even better than those two, is this one: “who tf is paul mccartney???!??! this is why i love kanye for shining light on unknown artists.” Haha, silly kids, think Paul McCartney is an unknown artist, tee-hee. Good fun &tc., but who really expects kids to know 72-year old musicians? Who really expects hip-hop fans to be all that familiar with a guy who played rock music 40-50-years ago?

Generation narcissism, that’s who. The baby boomers assume because they love Paul McCartney, everybody must know who he is. Suddenly twitter was alive with mocking, these poor kids the target of supposedly mature adults. The tone of the comments were, how stupid do you have to be not to know Paul McCartney? The generation who taught these kids grammar, are shocked they aren’t up on their 1967-pop culture.

And yes, I’m old enough to be surprised that somebody wouldn’t know who Paul McCartney is, but why should I be surprised? I wouldn’t have known who Al Jolson was in 1976. Frank Sinatra was an old guy who was sometimes on TV, Dean Martin’s friend. What should be surprising is when you see some kid in a Beatles or Led Zeppelin t-shirt, not that some kids have no idea who those artists are.

But surprised too many of these people are. That says far more about them than it does the kids.


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