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Jan 11, 2013
Once in a while I listen to music by an artist who is so well-rounded that I can’t help but write a post about him/her. This time, that artist is Macklemore. I came across his video for “Thrift Shop” on one of the rare occasions when I just so happened to tune in to MTV. “Thrift Shop” is basically a song about shopping at thrift shops. It’s catchy, has a nice beat to it, and is kinda funny in some places (“…Draped in a leopard mink, girls standin’ next to me
Probably shoulda washed this, smells like R. Kelly’s sheets
(Piiisssssss)…”). I love it because it’s the complete opposite of every other hip-hop or rap song out there with rappers taking about their bling, private jets, and whatever kind of liquor happens to be popular at that time.
“…They be like, “Oh, that Gucci – that’s hella tight.”
I’m like, “Yo – that’s fifty dollars for a T-shirt.”
Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition
Fifty dollars for a T-shirt – that’s just some ignorant bitch (shit)
I call that getting swindled and pimped (shit)
I call that getting tricked by a business
That shirt’s hella dough
And having the same one as six other people in this club is a hella don’t…”
If you ever drank Nuvo just because you heard it mentioned in a song, you should be covering your face in shame right about now. Just kidding right?
Another great track by Macklemore is titled “Same Love” and discusses why he believes in marriage equality. It’s all very touching and my favorite part is the bit where he speaks about religion and how it ties into the arguments made against same-sex marriage.
“…When I was in church
They taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service
Those words aren’t anointed
And that Holy Water
That you soak in
Is then poisoned
When everyone else
Is more comfortable
Rather than fighting for humans
That have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same
But that’s not important
No freedom ’til we’re equal
Damn right I support it…”
So give Macklemore a listen and tell me what you think.