I just realised I don’t like Macklemore, like, at all. I don’t really know why I ever did. I have The Heist on my iPod, I’d go mad for Thrift Shop on a pissed night out, and I felt super empowered when Same Love was first released and championed marriage equality. But that’s all gone now, and what I am left with is a constant irritation towards him and his music, like a mosquito bite, satisfying to scratch, so this is me scratching it.
I have realised I don’t think he’s a very good musician, maybe I just got caught up in all the hype when he burst onto the scene early this year. I don’t know how it has taken me so long to realise I don’t like him.
Upon listening to The Heist properly all the way through I came across a track I usually always skip. The song is called My Oh My and maybe it’s my British sensibilities taking over but a dude rapping about the glory of baseball just doesn’t get my juices flowing; I found it cringe worthy. Another track called BomBom (or some shit) is just a long and meaningless beat which feels like it should have something rapped on top of it – filler much? Can’t Hold Us is okay though, I like the lyric about Shark Week.
To me, Macklemore is the Jessie Pinkman of rap music; everybody loves him but underneath it all is he good at what he does, well as far as rap goes, not really. There is some questionable rhyming and lazy lyrics, nothing that jumps out at you as being clever, or ingenious or even controversial, even though you can see he’s trying reeeeeeally hard to be. It’s very straight forward, safe song writing.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think it’s wonderful that a white, heterosexual, cis-gendered, able-bodied, wealthy dude has been given a platform and uses it to talk about white privilege and homophobia, however I don’t really think that he deserves to be hailed as the most progressive rap musician of all time, and I’m not keen to be thankful to him for doing so. There are plenty of rappers out there who talk and rap about sexuality, racism, and other important social issues – just look at Frank Ocean, Janelle Monae, even Tyler, The Creator, but why have they not been given the same platform as Macklemore? Well, it’s obvious, isn’t it. Same Love is now so over played I find myself screaming at the radio to turn it off because they’re just killing the message by constantly throwing it at everyone and pissing us off.
I’d rather see more queer black dudes and ladies getting as popular as Macklemore, that alone would bring attention to the issues of injustice Macklemore makes his living rapping about. I’d rather listen Cakes Da Killa.