I’ve finally got around to listening to this Macklemore dude that I’ve been hearing about for a while. “Next big thing,” blah blah blah. The usual. His big hit Thrift Shop has like 140M views on YouTube. Here it is, for reference:

Like this song, but overall I’m not a fan. My opinion after the “read more”, should you happen to give a shit…

Wife and I had errands to run yesterday, so I put the album on in the car. We ended up skipping every track after a minute or so, except for the big hit. If I had actually purchased the album, I’d be much more offended by the title: The Heist, because it would ring true. I felt like I had been robbed out of the thirty minutes the thing took to download, let alone if I’d paid ten bucks or whatever a CD is these days (last time I bought one was a decade ago, and they were still $18).

Wife’s opinion: “This is why people don’t buy albums.”

No other song captures the silly energy and eccentric flow of “Thrift Shop”, which was what I was hoping for out of the whole album. Granted, I’m not really into the genre in general. Hip hop/rap/whatever you want to call it, it doesn’t hold much for me anymore. I have to hear something new to get into it.

To me, I heard a lot of stuff I’d heard before. The track “Thin Line” sounded like Lupe Fiasco. On some of the tracks it sounded like Twista, that stupid fast shit that I mock by going “bibblebibblebibblebibblebibble”. Sounds like nothing to me.

What I’m saying is that nothing besides “Thrift Shop” really stood out in my ears. Nothing popped, nothing was new, nothing was interesting. And that’s what I’m looking for in music these days. Something I haven’t heard before.

Music, like all art, is subjective though, and maybe it’ll hit your ears differently. To me, the only track worth anything is “Thrift Shop”, and if he can manage to capture that again, I’ll be a fan.

“Thrift Shop” is just… different. He put something new together there. His voice is great, it’s funny, it has a relevant social message that I hope people are paying attention to. The video is great, too.

They be like “oh that Gucci, it’s hella tight”
I’m like yo, that’s fifty dollars for a t-shirt.
Limited edition let’s do some simple addition
Fifty dollars for a t-shirt that’s just some ignorant bitch shit
I call that getting swindled and pimped shit
I call that getting tricked by a business.
That shirt’s hella dough
And having the same one as six other people in the club is a hella don’t
Peep game come take a look through my telescope
Tryin’a get girls from a brand, then you hella won’t

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