More Mackle Please
By. Kevin Priddle
At first I thought Thrift Shop by rapper Macklemore was a spoof or some other stupid (and hilarious) video that my friend had found during his daily strolls through the Internet.
But after watching and listening closer, the Seattle-born 29-year-old piqued my curiosity and has been on playing in my headphones on repeat ever since. From the first sax-loop to the last this track has me bouncing along and both the lyrics and rhymes are super tight.
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 business, that shirt’s hella dough
And having the same one as six other people in this club is a hella don’t
Thrift Store has the production value and hook to compete with the big boys, with the added bonus of a fun and playful attitude. But there’s also a more serious side to the rhymes from this up and comer. Contrary to a lot of the crap on the Top40 charts today, Macklemore delivers some truly genuine and thought provoking lyrics in his music.
Macklemore deals with his past drug abuse and the consequences in his song “Otherside”, and in “Same Love” Macklemore tackles the issue of homophobia, speaking up for civil rights and against hate. The YouTube video description reads:“We support civil rights, and hope WA State voters will APPROVE REF 74 and legalize marriage equality.”
On October 9, 2012, Macklemore, alongside partner Ryan Lewis, released an independently produced album “The Heist” on iTunes. The album quickly hit the number one spot and has remained there beating out Mumford and Sons and Ellie Goulding. If you’re interested in learning more about the freshest kid on the block check out his website and his Q&A on reddit.
Macklemore is just getting started and he’s about to take the music scene by storm.
More Mackle Please.