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Kenny G now hipper than Prince

Could it possibly be the case that Kenny G is now hipper than Prince?
"The internet's completely over. I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won't pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can't get it.... Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you."
Kenny G says if the Internet is dead "then I must be dead, too, 'cause I use it all the time." He adds with a laugh: "Maybe I've got a sixth sense, and I only see dead people. I don't know."
Actually, Kenny G being considered "cool", in the post-Yacht Rock world in which Hall & Oates and 1980s R&B acts are cooler amongst the hipsters than any new-wave/post-punk band (that entire lo-fi/angular/jangly type of music having been overexposed by youth-oriented marketing campaigns until it has as much cachet as the Ray Bans and leather jackets worn by breakfast cereal mascots, and so those in the know are embracing the smooth, leaving post-punk to the clueless arrivistes) is not that far-fetched. Granted, Mr. G's oeuvre is still a bit too recent, though in a few years' time, the hippest of the hipsters may be spinning him at their art parties. (Tracks from his new album, "the R&B-flavoured 'Heart and Soul'", according to the article, may well end up in DJ sets between glo-fi/chillwave tracks and neo-italo-disco jams made by former noise-punk bands.)

There are 2 comments on "Kenny G now hipper than Prince":

Posted by: the other anonymous Sat Jul 10 23:51:52 2010

Actually, Prince might just be on the bleeding edge. Everybody and their grandmother is online; it's gotten to the point where most content is produced by fourteen-year-olds. Isn't it about time the hipsters moved on to something a little less Gaga? This Protocol of the Spectacle is getting kind of dated.

Posted by: acb Sat Jul 10 23:58:37 2010

The problem with that is that the space left behind by those who drop out is filled by somebody else who doesn't have a problem with the medium. Of course, those who drop out could go somewhere else, but judging by Prince's choice of fora (cover CDs bundled with a low-end British tabloid), the other options don't look convincing.