The Heist

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MUSIC - Jar­rad Be­van

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.

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