During the months prior to release of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ debut studio album, the duo leaked a number of singles. While “My oh My”, “Wing$” and “Can’t Hold Us” made minor leeway on the charts, it wasn’t until Macklemore leaked his single “Same Love” with the vocal assistance of Mary Lambert that they really made a splash. As for “Can’t Hold Us”, I can scarcely imagine listening to this in the car without even the slightest temptation of weaving in and out of traffic.
“Return of the Mack, get em! what it is, what it does, what it is, what it isn’t,
Looking for a better way to get up out of bed,
Instead of getting on the internet and checking a new hit me,
Get up!fresh out pimp strut walking, little bit of humble, little bit of cautious,
Somewhere between like rocky and cosby sweatergang nope nope y’all can’t copy”
When Macklemore & Ryan Lewis independently recorded, produced and released their debut studio album on October 9th, 2012, The Heist hit #1 on iTunes within hours. Did I mention they accomplished this with no mainstream promotion or support? Respect. The song with Mary Lambert, “Same Love”, was released in support of Washington State’s Referendum 74 regarding gay marriage.
All love is beautiful.
Wait a second. He’s advocating equal rights and gay marriage? That’s right. Not only will Macklemore approach these issues on his tracks, he will firmly take a stance and staunchly defend it. He promotes gay equality in “Same Love”, racial equality in “A Wake” and expounds the social injustice wrought by Nike’s marketing campaigns targeting inner city youth in “Wing$”.
“I wish I didn’t care
Acynical hispters with long hair
Cocaine problems, like my music
It’s not my issue, I can’t solve it”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis aren’t just about equal rights and social justice, which could make a good book or documentary; but for today’s demanding hip hop connoisseurs, nothing less than crystal clear production, the heaviest of bass, thoughtful lyrics and flow that goes for days will do. Not to mention catchy hooks from people you’ve never heard of, this album really has something for everyone.
Old school like old English in that brown paper bag
I’m rolling in that same whip that my granddad had
Hello haters, Damn y’all mad
30k on the Caddy, now how backpack rap is that?
Gold coins, gold phone, gold car
Costs at least 10 racks to get 16 gold bars
Gold rush, suck on my gold dust stuntin
Under these gold trunks, that’s 2 golden nugget
Flyin’ on the gold eagle, flier than the rest of ‘em
Pass the space needle, golden shower on pedestrians
That Ryan Lewis knows how to produce a track with the best of them. I sincerely hope they collaborate on the next album released. I also hope you do yourself a favor, go to iTunes and spend the $10.00 in support of these incredibly talented guys with the purchase of their album.