A new emerging artist Ben Haggerty, commonly known by his stage name Macklemore, has taken over Ipods and Youtube accounts across the globe. He is a rapper and hip hop artist and songwriter from Seattle, Washington who has made a breakthrough with his songs “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love.” He started his carreer in the early 2000’s with his EP album Open Your Eyes and kept releasing albums until is most recent: The Heist which he will go on a nearly sold out world tour.
“Same Love” is a poetic masterpiece about his views on gay rights and the truth about America’s general views on it. He talks about the church’s views and how right wing conservatives think it’s a decision and how the church teaches people to be what God wants them to be, and being voiceless is better than being different. Being one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful rap/ hip hop song about this major social issue, Macklemore correctly addresses it. This song will open people’s eyes and get them thinking about how important it is for us to have equal rights and how identical this issue is to the marriage equality during the civil rights movement. The music video may bring viewers to tears because it hits them in a way which makes them realize how very real this movement is.
“Thrift Shop” may be a song about nothing more than going to a thrift shop and “popping tags” with twenty dollars in his pocket. It is the song that will be stuck in your head for weeks and the song you find yourself screaming down the hallways and in public. Macklemore pulls off a song about his findings at the Good Will and is a good break from the mainstream rap which is on every radio station there is. It is different than listening to how low a “shawty” can get and how voluptuous someones booty is. He is an artist who tells his stories through rap and shares real life experiences, similar to faded rap sensation: Eminem.