MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS
WHO knew Seattle, the home of grunge, had a hip- hop scene?
Rapper Macklemore has been releasing music independently for more than a decade but he hit paydirt with a novelty rap tune about his love of bargain bin shopping.
Thrift Shop clocked up squillions of YouTube hits, propelling the silly song into the No. 2 spot on Billboard and No. 1 on Triple J’s Hottest 100.
The album is not just a platform for that one- hit song.
On Wings Macklemore compares issues with materialism with his love for Air Jordan sneakers; the chorus of kids’ voices is the clincher – great tune.
With Same Love he tackles the decidedly un- hip- hop stance that same- sex marriage equality is a no- brainer and says using the word ‘‘ gay’’ as a dis in hip- hop is old and tired. Smart writing.
Then on Starting Over he strips away every trace of ego to deliver an honest yarn about falling off the wagon and disappointing his loved ones. It’s a sobering example of how important one song can be.
This is a solid outing for his official debut.