The ultimate badass
Kenny G challenges Prince to a fight (saxophonist style)
Celebrity saxophonist Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, more widely known under the moniker Kenny G, has a bone to pick with Prince.
In response to a recent interview in which Prince declared that the Internet is completely over, KG says that if the Internet is dead, "then I must be dead too, 'cause I use it all the time," adding with a laugh, "Maybe I've got a sixth sense, and I can only see dead people. I don't know."
Breaking out of the adult contemporary bubble and into the world of celebrity feuds is a bold move — most likely a publicity stunt for the 54-year-old's just-released R&B-infused album, Heart & Soul. (While Prince refuses to use digital platforms to distribute his music, Kenny G's new tracks are conveniently available for download on iTunes.)
Smooth jazz audiences are finally getting to see what happens when a saxophonist stops being polite — and starts getting real.
The musician, known for such hits as "Sax-o-loco" and "G-Walkin,'" admits that the majority of his audience may not be as "Internet and download savvy" like fans of singer Rihanna, but knows he must use the outlet to promote his music. Such an insightful observation just proves that he's the ultimate saxophone badass (he has won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the longest note ever recorded on the instrument).
Note: The "G" in "Kenny G" is no indication of sexual orientation. Also, Kenny G bears no relation to Ali G.
For a glimpse of pre-Internet Kenny G, watch the below video of the permed smooth jazz punk playing his hit, "Song Bird" — on the beach, on a bridge and in a gazebo, alone with his woodwind: