The time has come, my babies…the time for me to admit my crush on Macklemore.
Like most people who aren’t super into Seattle hip-hop, “Thrift Shop” was the first thing I heard by Macklemore. If you want to know what a huge nerd I am, here you go: I heard it on NPR’s All Songs Considered. I’m cool! Obviously, it’s a catchy song, but I didn’t really care about it either way. It just seemed like a novelty, and anyway, my dad liked it. Not that that means anything, because Papa W. has weird and wide taste in music (he recently purchased Daft Punk and Vampire Weekend albums, for example), but in general we don’t share a lot of musical faves.
And then I saw this picture, and NOPE. I was NOT into it.
Also, Facebook told me that my BFF’s crappy high school boyfriend liked Macklemore, and in the time I knew him, said high school boyfriend spent most of his time being a bigot. So I assumed Macklemore probably sucked.
Then, one day when I was listening to the radio (I know, I’m the last person in the world who listens to the radio) I heard the song “Can’t Hold Us” and I got obsessed. I put it on my workout mix and it was stuck in my head for weeks. Naturally, this led me to research Macklemore (research=looking at Wikipedia) and I found out all sorts of things.
Like, for example, that Macklemore isn’t some new artist. He’s been recording since 2000! He’s a recovering addict (who doesn’t love a recovery story?) and, as you know if you’ve heard this song, he supports gay marriage:
For most of us, the lyrics of this song are pretty “Well, duh.” But it is so awesome to me that people like that high school bigot and my dad are listening to this song. I mean, my dad quoted this song to me, and while that is a little LOL-worthy, it’s also just great. I’ll admit that this video made me get a little choked up because I’M A HUMAN BEING, OKAY?
Also, Macklemore is apparently super into Malcolm Gladwell/productivity stuff?
A lot of the album is about how hard he worked to get to where he is, and I can’t help but be into any album with that theme. That’s why I love Drake’s and Nicki Minaj’s first albums so much. Remember when Nicki couldn’t buy her mama a couch? Now she’s buying her mama a HOUSE, you guys. A house!
And, okay, Macklemore sort of looks like someone who would’ve gone to my high school.
But ALSO I do think he’s pretty cute, so whatevs.
On a musical note, I like the album. There are lots of funky instruments, his writing’s interesting, and I think he’s a good rapper. How could I NOT like an album that references gay rights, Malcolm Gladwell, and anti-consumerism? Let’s face it: I like Macklemore. I used to be ashamed, but I’m not anymore! He’s smart and fun and he seems like a genuinely nice person.
In conclusion, here’s the video for Can’t Hold Us. I mean, you can either imagine me running slowly/clumsily to it or you can watch this truly bananas video. Your pick.