Who ever thought that a song about getting “come ups” from the Good Will would ever become a number one single in America. Let alone by a white rapper who go’s by the name of “Macklemore”. The song gets airplay from just about any radio station including rock stations. After hearing the song I decided to check out “The Heist” by “Macklemore and Ryan Lewis”. What I was expecting to be a one hit wonder album had me pleasantly surprised. “The Heist” is a complete independent album with great creativity behind it. The mind of “Macklemore” makes it all possible.
“Can’t hold us” is a great song that I suspect will be the next big single to be ruined by the radio. It is a complete pump up jam. I love that he shows off his independence when he says “labels out here and they can’t tell us nothing”.It shows the drive that he has for the album, and the song is just about feeling the moment. My favorite part of the song is when he says “I’m eating at the beat like you gave a little bit of speed to a great white shark, on shark week”. ”Same Love” is a song that you can interpret how you want. “Macklemore” defends homosexuality as human rights with a slower piano beat. Probably why he got to perform this song on Ellen. Regardless of how you feel it is a great song.
“Make that money” is another great track. I love the profound thinking behind it. The whole idea is “make the money, don’t let the money make you”.Its about staying true to yourself and not selling out for your face on t.v. Of course “Thrift Shop” what can I say about it. Super catchy, and just about everyone can quote it.” But for real can I have your grandpas clothes” ? “Wings” is one of my favorite songs on the album. Macklemore’s anticipation and etho’s on the beat is excellent. The whole idea of wanting “Jordan’s” to fit in and be popular. The idea of “we are what we wear” and struggling with self worth. I love the end of the song when he says “ these nike’s helped define me but I am trying to take mine off”. “Starting Over” is a track about the struggles from relapsing and the struggles with trying to come back from it. It really shows the depths “Macklemore” has been.
Although not genre defining “Macklemore and Ryan Lewis” “The Heist” is a great breath of fresh air. I hope to see more “Macklemore’s” and less “2 Chainz” The album has great creativity and aspirations and I am happy to see this kind of music be recognized.This album is not at all just a one hit wonder and I would suggest that you guys give it a listen.