Macklemore

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

I don’t have a car, so I don’t listen to the radio, and my computer is so out of date that YouTube doesn’t even work, so I can’t listen to music on there.  The point is, songs are way out-of-date by the time I somehow get to hear them.  I stumbled across Macklemore and Ryan Lewis a couple of months ago and I’ve been somewhat obsessed ever since.

I guess the biggest hit song by Macklemore (real name Ben Haggerty) and Ryan Lewis (who does most of the producing, I think) was Thrift Shop, which is a satire about the recent trend in rap music to simply boast about how much money you have and how much you paid for things (one of my favorite parts of the song is when Macklemore says that paying $50 for a t-shirt, just because it’s Gucci, is getting swindled and pimped).  The song just won Best Rap Song of the Year at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.

Macklemore Meme

The team is independent (as Macklemore makes quite clear in his song “Can’t Hold Us”) so they don’t have a record label.  As they explained to Stephen Colbert (video here), they did “rent out” (instead of “selling out”) by paying the Warner Group to get them radio air time.  The duo knew that their music would do the rest for itself.

Anywho, enough of me blabbing on about them.  I just wanted to share three of their videos – because while the lyrics and messages of the songs are great (against selling out and materialism in Thrift Shop, for acceptance of gay and lesbian folks in Same Love, and for being independent in Can’t Hold Us), the videos are even more awesome.  Especially Thrift Shop – I love it!

Thrift Shop

Thrift Shop lyrics: 

Hey Macklemore, can we go thrift shopping?

What, what, what, what… (x7)
Oh!
Oh!

I’m gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I-I-I’m huntin’
Lookin for a come up
This is fucking awesome

Now, walk into the club like, “what up I got a big cock”
Nah, I’m so pumped I bought some shit from a thrift shop
Ice in the fringe is so damn frosty
The people like “Damn, that’s a cold ass honkey!”
Rollin’ in hella deep, headed to the mezzanine
Dressed in all pink, ‘cept my gator shoes those are green
Draped in a leopard mink, girls standin’ next to me
Probably shoulda washed this, smells like R. Kelly’s sheets
(Pissssssssss)
But shit it was ninety-nine cents! (bag it)
Copin’ it washin’ it
Bout to go and get some compliments; passin’ off on those moccasins
Someone else has been walkin’ in but me and grungie fuck ’em in
I am stuntin’ and flossin’ and
Savin my money and I’m hella happy that’s a bargain, bitch
I’mma take your grandpa’s style, I’mma take your grandpa’s style,
No for real ask your grandpa can I have his hand-me-downs (Thank you)
Velour jump suit and some house slippers
Dookie brown leather jacket that I found diggin’
They had a broken keyboard; I bought a broken keyboard
I bought a skeet blanket, then I bought a kneeboard
Hello, hello, my ace man my mello
John Wayne ain’t got nothin’ on my fringe game (Hell no!)
I can take some pro wings, make ’em cool, sell those
The sneaker heads will be like
“Ahhh he got the velcro”

I’m gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I-I-I’m huntin’
Lookin’ for a come up
This is fucking awesome

I’m gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I-I-I’m huntin’
Lookin’ for a come up
This is fucking awesome

Whatcha know bout rockin’ a wolf on your noggin
Whatcha knowin about wearin’ a fur fox skin
I’m diggin’, I’m diggin’, I’m searching right through that luggage
One man’s trash that’s another man’s come up
Thank your grand dad for donating that plaid button
Up shirt cause right now I’m up in her skirt
I’m at the Goodwill you can find me in the (Uptons)
I’m not, I’m not stuck on searching in that section (Uptons)
Your Grammy, your auntie, your momma, you mammy
I’ll take those flannel zebra jammies secondhand and rock that mothafucka
The built in onesie with the socks on the mothafucka
I hit the party and they stopped in that mothafucka
They be like “oh that’s 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 (sheeeeit)
I call that getting swindled and pimped (sheeeeit)
I call that getting tricked by a business
That shirt’s hella dough
And havin the same one as six other people in this club is a hella don’t
Peep game come take a look through my telescope
Tryin’a get girls with my brand man you hella won’t
Man you hella won’t
(Goodwill… Poppin’ Tags… Yeah! )

I’m gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I-I-I’m huntin’
Lookin’ for a come up
This is fucking awesome

I’ll wear your granddads clothes,
I look incredible
I’m in this big ass coat
From the thrift shop down the road

I wear your granddads clothes,
I look incredible
I’m in this big ass coat
From the thrift shop down the road

I’m gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I-I-I’m huntin’
Lookin’ for a come up
This is fucking awesome

Hahaha
Is that your grandma’s coat?

My favorite shot of the whole video:

Macklemore Boss

Same Love

Same Love lyrics:

When I was in the 3rd grade
I thought that I was gay
Cause I could draw, my uncle was
And I kept my room straight
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She’s like, “Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-K”
Trippin’, yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she
A bunch of stereotypes all in my head
I remember doing the math like
“Yeah, I’m good at little league”
A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
For those who like the same sex, had the characteristics
The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition
Playing God
Ahh nah, here we go
America the brave
Still fears, what, we don’t know
And God loves all His children
Is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written
35 hundred years ago
I don’t know

[Hook: Mary Lambert]
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm [x4]

[Verse 2: Macklemore]
If I was gay
I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately
“Man that’s gay”
Gets dropped on the daily
We’ve become so numb to what we’re sayin’
Our culture founded from oppression
Yeah, we don’t have acceptance for ’em
Call each other faggots
Behind the keys of a message board
A word routed in hate
Yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser
It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
Gender and skin color
Complexion of your pigment
The same fight that lead people to walk-outs and sit-ins
It’s human rights for everybody
There is no difference
Live on! And be yourself!
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
Remaining voiceless
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
I don’t know

[Hook: Mary Lambert]
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm [x4]

[Verse 3: Macklemore]
We press play
Don’t press pause
Progress, march on!
With a veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
‘Till the day
That my uncles can be united by law
Kids are walkin’ around the hallway
Plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful
Someone would rather die
Than be who they are
And a certificate on paper
Isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a damn good place to start
No law’s gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever god you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it’s all the same love
About time that we raised up

[Hook: Mary Lambert]
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm [x4]

[Outro: Mary Lambert]
Love is patient, love is kind
Love is patient (not cryin’ on Sundays)
Love is kind (not crying on Sundays) [x5]

Mackie

And this video and song are just fun: 

Can’t Hold Us

Can’t Hold Us lyrics:

Return of the Mack, get up! what it is, what it does, what it is, what it isn’t
Looking for a better way to get up out of bed
Instead of getting on the Internet and checking a new hit me
Get up! fresh out pimp strut walking, little bit of humble, little bit of cautious
Somewhere between like rocky and Cosby sweatergang nope nope y’all can’t copy
Yup. Bad, moonwalking, this here, is our party, my posse’s been on Broadway,
And we did it, our way.
Grown music, I she’d my skin and put my bones into everything I record to it
And yet I’m on~
Let that stage light go and shine on down, got that Bob Barker suit game and plinko in my style.
Money, stay on my craft and stick around for those pounds,
But I do that to pass the torch and put on for my town
Trust me. On my I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T shit hustler,
Chasing dreams since I was 14 with the four track bussing halfway cross that city with the backpack, fat cat, crushingLabels out here,
Nah they can’t tell me nothing
We give that to the people,
Spread it across the country
Labels out here,
Nah they can’t tell me nothing
We give it to the people,
Spread it across the country

Here we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we’ll fight till it’s over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us
Like the ceiling can’t hold us
Here we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we’ll fight till it’s over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us
Like the ceiling can’t hold us

Nah, can I kick it? thank you. yeah I’m so damn grateful.
I grew up, really wanted gold fronts
But that’s what you get when Wu tang raised you
Y’all can’t stop me, go hard like I got an 808 in my heart beat
And I’m eating at the beat like you gave a little speed to a great white shark on shark week
Raw. Tell me go up. Gone!
Deuces goodbye. I got a world to see, and my girl she wanna see Rome,
Caesar make you a believer. nah I never ever did it for a throne.
That validation comes from giving it back to the people. nah sing a song and it goes like
Raise those hands, this is our party
We came here to live life like nobody was watching
I got my city right behind me
If I fall, they got me. Learn from that failure gain humility and then we keep marching ourselves

Here we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we’ll fight till it’s over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us
Like the ceiling can’t hold us
Here we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we’ll fight till it’s over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us
Like the ceiling can’t hold us

[X4]
Na na na na na na na na
And all my people say

Ma-ckle-more

Here we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we’ll fight till it’s over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us
Like the ceiling can’t hold us
Here we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we’ll fight till it’s over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us
Like the ceiling can’t hold us

Macklemore

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  1. Kathryn Lawton

    wow! that’s awesome.

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