It’s too late to say Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be huge. Their debut, The Heist, rose to the No. 1 album position on iTunes shortly after release Tuesday. It’s a deserved peak. The album, as I view it, steals back hip-hop, transporting it from endless phony posturing back to more authentic territory without sacrificing an ounce of fun.
Here is my track-by-track analysis of The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis:
Macklemore performing at Roseland Theater
“America the brave, still fears what we don’t know” ~ Macklemore
This morning I wished a “Happy Birthday” to one of my most cherished friends. John is a talented writer, a dedicated mentor, and a damn fine shanty singer. He’s also openly gay.
Hours before I wished John a “Happy Birthday”, Seattle hip-hop act Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dropped “Same Love”, a track, that when I first heard it, brought my thoughts back to John and the equality people like him are denied on a daily basis. The first taste off Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s highly anticipated debut, The Heist, tackles homophobia and misconceptions about homosexuals in hip-hop culture and society, at large. The words beautiful, powerful, and important all describe this song.