I was originally going to bore you with how hard turning 30 was last year. How I decided to start new hobbies, like jewelry making and this blog.
But instead of a long winded post that no one wants to read, I decided I would share with you my new favorite artist, Macklemore. Sides, it’s my birthday and I will do what I want to!
“No freedom ’til we’re equal, damn right I support it.” – Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (lyrics)
I am so proud to be a citizen of Washington State. In February 2012, our Governor signed legislation legalizing gay marriage. As part of the democratic process, signatures were collected to put a freeze on the law and to put it to a Democratic vote.
On November 6th, the People of Washington State approved Referendum 74, officially legalizing gay marriage. December 8th, 2012 marked the first same sex weddings. What a momentous occasion!
Same Love was written to encourage Washington voters to approve the referendum. It also points out how homophobia is rampant in hip hop.
“Misogyny and homophobia are the two acceptable means of oppression in hip-hop culture.” – Macklemore
It seriously brings tears to my eyes every time I watch the video.
I just love this song. I get it stuck in my head and walk around the house singing:
I love the message. Why spend $50 on a designer tee shirt? Let’s go to the thrift store and pick up perfectly awesome clothes on the cheap!
I love the thrift store. I love picking up purses that were once $50 to $100 for $5 to $10! I have scored shirts that would have originally been $25 to $45 for $10. I often find clothes still with the tags on!
Our local Good Will has a glitter sale where they sell high end dresses for dirt cheap. The money goes to retrain the homeless into jobs. Not only do I score on some awesome clothes, but I know my money is going to a good cause instead of supporting forced child labor, poor working conditions, 16 hour work days, making a dollar a month wages…
Sides, you know us bloggers love a good thrift store find.
I’ve only listened to a handful of his songs so far. I’m slowly working my way through his top 49 track list on YouTube. This is, so far, my the third favorite.
Macklemore builds on his own history of substance abuse. The first half of the song follows a kid who gets into syrup and ends up ODing. The second half of the song points out that most rappers don’t even live the life they are singing about. It’s all about making money and moving up on the charts.
“Us as rappers underestimate the power and the effects that we have on these kids
Blunt passed, ash in a tin, pack being pushed, harassed by the feds
The fact of it is most people that rap like this talkin’ about some shit they haven’t lived
Surprise, you know the drill
Trapped in a box, declined record sales
Follow the formula violence, drugs, and, sex sells
So we try to sound like someone else” – Otherside by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (lyrics)
Again, the message is sound. I also love the sample of Otherside by Red Hot Chili Peppers, which is also about drug addiction.
How I discovered my LOVE for Macklemore
I am quick to say that I am NOT a fan of rap music.
Hip hop, on the other hand, is different. I am a fan of musicians who have a message to share. A positive, up-beat message to encourage peace and equality. To inspire! Macklemore fits this requirement.
I was introduced to Macklemore recently by my younger brother. He sent a link to the You Tube video of Same Love asking my mom and I if we recognized the producer. Apparently I went to school with the executive producer of the video.
After I responded to my brother how much I liked Same Love, he pointed me to Thrift Store. He explained that it is a really popular song AND I went to school with one of the guys in it. So much fun seeing a familiar face in this Seattle independent artist’s music video!
I hope you enjoyed watching these videos and listening to Macklemore as much as I did when first discovering him.
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