Kanye West is a lot of things (just ask him, there's no one better at bragging), but attention Millennials: He is definitively not some savior giving an unknown musician a break of a lifetime.
Paul McCartney managed that all by himself, thank you very much.
When McCartney – just to clarify, the man behind 100 million album sales, a bunch of platinum albums, some of the world's most enduring songs plus, you know, the Beatles – played with Kanye this week, things took a mystifying turn on Twitter.
Many young 'Ye fans took just 140 characters to make the rest of us question humanity when they wondered who that unknown singer playing with West was.
Who is this Paul McCartney?❓❓❗??? He boutta blow up thanks to Kanye!!! ❗️👌😳— ur bae (@BaeAsHell) January 2, 2015
who tf is paul mccartney???!??! this is why i love kanye for shining light on unknown artists— :/ (@CurvedDaily) January 2, 2015
I don't know who Paul McCartney is, but Kanye is going to give this man a career w/ this new song!!— OVOJosh (@OVOJosh) January 2, 2015
Who's this Paul McCartney guy everyone keeps talking about? Props to Kanye for helping struggling artists.— Morgan Evans (@totallymorgan) January 3, 2015
Kanye has a great ear for talent. This Paul McCartney guy gonna be huge.— Desus Nice (@desusnice) January 1, 2015
Who the f••k is Paul McCartney? This why I f••k with Kanye. He always trying to put on new artists.— EatingAssNextDoor (@Theo_Sofianos) January 1, 2015
There are no words.
Fortunately, some older Twitter users stepped up to school the young'uns and just plain poke fun at their cluelessness.
That Paul McCartney guy is DEFINITELY going to get nominated for "Best New Artist" at the Grammys thanks to Kanye! Calling it now!— Troy Osinoff (@yo) January 3, 2015
@ferretthimself Paul McCartney was the old guy in that video with Michael Jackson. Everyone knows that.— Adam Lipkin (@Tsalmoth) January 4, 2015
Who is Kanye West? I bet he's going to get so famous after this song with Paul McCartney.— S Y D N E Y (@syddvish) January 4, 2015
Kanye West did a song with Paul McCartney and people on Twitter are asking who Paul McCartney is and now I understand domestic terrorism— Kimball Bennion (@KimballBennion) January 2, 2015
For the record, Sir McCartney and West teamed up for a new collaboration, "Only One."
If we could tell Millennials only one thing: Music existed before Kanye West came on the scene.