Seattle born hip-hop artist Macklemore, creator of such hits as Wings and The Town, has a real and human way of telling a story through his genre of music. But this time he’s decided to a tell the story of something that he’s experienced even though he himself is not gay.
Macklemore has been known as a “socially conscious rapper” dealing with real life issues and real life stories told from the heart. He was catapulted into the limelight when he released his single Otherside, a song dealing with his personal experience in drug addiction. Shortly after cleaning his life up, he teamed up with Ryan Lewis and the two have been collaborating ever since.
Well now the two have released a song from their upcoming debut LP “The Heist“, set for release later this year. “Same Love” deals directly with the inequal rights of same sex marriage, and features spoken word and folk singer Mary Lambert, another Seattle native. The three have teamed up with the Music for Marriage Equality campaign, and the single will be available at www.subpop.com. from the 24th to the 31st of July will all proceeds from the single going towards marriage equality in Washington.
Macklemore stated that he felt at first he had to write the song from the perspective of a bullied gay kid, but realized after some feedback that “it wasn’t my story to tell”, and switched the point of view to make it more personal. He goes on to say that he’s so used to hearing slurs on the LGBT community regularly in the hip hop industry, that he feels he and his own community have become “numb to the language“.
I am not saying that intolerance is exclusive to hip hop. Hip hop culture is a part of American culture, and America can be scared, fearful, and prejudiced against its own. My intent is not to scrutinize or single out hip hop. It happens to be the culture that has profoundly shaped me, and the one I feel most accountable to.
Very rarely does an artist come forward in such a unique way to support equal rights for same sex marriage, especially when they themselves are straight, but brave enough in song to admit they also may have thought they were gay at one time. Macklemore says that:
It was not easy to write, and I struggled with how I, as a straight male, could genuinely speak upon this issue.
I think everyone appreciates how you did Macklemore, and the effort and time put into a beautiful song with such an important message doesn’t go unnoticed from the Homorazzi family.
Read Macklemore’s important and eloquent statement on his song at xxlmag.com and make sure to listen to the song below.