Macklemore really shines as a lyricist here. Fantastic lyrics, an improved flow and catchy choruses. Ryan Lewis is also a great producer and created some wonderfully appropriate beats. All these things coupled with some awesome guest features leads to one of the best hip-hop albums this year. Mary Lambert on 'Same Love' blew me away.
Macklemore really excels as a poet here. Amazing lyrics, a polished flow and infectious choruses. Ryan Lewis is also an excellent producer and created some fantastically fitting beats. All these things bundled with some marvelous guest features leads to one of the best hip-hop albums this year. Mary Lambert on 'Same Love' took the wind right out of me.
I really had to stop listening when he started victimizing himself for being white. I mean Thrift Shop and Make the Money are okay, but Same Love's awful nursery-rhyme like piano is enough to sabotage its good message into ridicule and the rest of the songs seem to follow along Macklemore in his crusade to be the voice of change. Delivering intellectual proverbs in a half-assed cocky swagger really isn't appealing.
If you only know Macklemore for "Thrift Shop", you are missing out. His brand of Hip-hop is a smart one, he sings about things that are important and no other popular rappers seem to address. All of this is accompanied by Ryan Lewis's great beats. All in all, this people are the proof that hip-hop is a genre that can be as valid and intelligent as any other, definitely give it a listen.
macklemore was right to put ryan lewis' name on the front cover. the production by him and the lyrical content by macklemore really elevate this album from otherwise getting lost in the midst of hip hop. it's a pretty good outcome for them both. anyway, instead of writing full on reviews, i do more of a sketch outline of the albums i listen to. easier and quicker to digest i think. you can find that over here at http://simmserely.blogspot.com/2013/01/macklemore-ryan-lewis-heist-album-sketch.html