Who is Sir Paul ask music fans in social media discussion

Paul McCartney performs during the first U.S concert of his "Out There" tour, Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) ENGEMN00120130520085636
Paul McCartney performs during the first U.S concert of his "Out There" tour, Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) ENGEMN00120130520085636

The Rye area’s most famous resident is a total unknown to some young music fans on Facebook.

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, who has a farm at Peasmarsh and a recording studio near Icklesham, recently collaborated on a song with rapper Kanye West.

This prompted fans of West to comment on Facebook with one asking: “Who is Paul McCartney. This is why I love Kanye for shining light on unknown artists.”

Another commented: “Kanye has a great ear for talent. This Paul McCartney guy is gonna be huge.”

One hip-hop fan tweeted: “I don’t know who Paul McCartney is, but Kanye is going to give this man a career with this new song.”

The remarks sparked a social media backlash from incredulous Beatles fans.

Kanye and Macca got together last year to record Only One - a love song in honour of West’s daughter North.

Sir Paul is well respected in the Rye area. He took part in a public march in the town to save the old Rye Hospital and is a patron of the memorial Hospital which replaced it.

He has supported village events in Peasmarsh in the past and has been spotted shopping in family owned supermarket Jempsons.