Musician and Seattle native Ben Haggerty, aka Macklemore: one of the best things to hit hip hop in a long time.Today I came across this video, which accompanies the song “Same Love”, when my girlfriend posted it on Facebook. Sadly this find meant forgoing a feature of the Black Keys’ brand new music video for “The Baddest Man Alive”, which is still awesome and worth a look.
Afrika Bambaataa & co. pushed for social equality and political advocacy, themes that have been largely lost from hip hop since NWA and the emergence of gangster rap. Macklemore brings back this social responsibility in his lyrics. But the other face of Haggerty’s music also includes the lighter side of current hip hop: having a good time and embracing your own style. Insert “Thrift Shop”, now Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ biggest hit in the US and New Zealand.
I hugely respect Macklemore for not only succeeding this far against race boundaries in his genre, but for advocating marriage equality and all over acceptance. He calls out the (bullshit) myth of conflicted masculinity in “Same Love” and “Thrift Shop”, showing that a straight guy can love his fashion and support LGBTQ equality. Sound familiar? 🙂
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