Entertainment Industry and other works

by Ellen Gillingham

Update on Lyrics and Cultural Homophobia of Hip-Hop Music

Although “Thrift Shop” has proven Macklemore’s breakthrough, its blithe spirit belies a serious artist with serious issues on his mind. His single “Same Love”, for example, is an anthem to same-sex marriage. This call for equality isn’t just attention-grabbing bandwagonning; with two gay uncles (his dad’s brothers) and a gay godfather, this is an issue close to Macklemore’s heart. Were his uncles shocked that their rapping nephew was making such a strong public statement on their behalf? “I was really nervous to play it for them. It’s obviously a very personal song, and I didn’t want to cross any boundaries in terms of their privacy. But we actually ended up taking a picture of them and using it as the cover art for the single. I wanted the art to reflect how personal the song was, and they are a big reason why I’m so passionate about the issue.”

In the realm of hip-hop, often criticised for its obsession with material wealth and rampant homophobia, charity shopping and gay marriage are highly unusual subject matters to say the least. So does Macklemore see it as his mission to change the genre from the inside – or is he just rapping about what he knows? “I’m always trying to push the margins. I wanna be an artist that writes songs that are different; I don’t wanna write the same song that everyone else is writing. I wanna challenge myself, I wanna challenge society, and I wanna be the best version of myself, and the way I can do that is by expressing and talking about concepts that no one else will, that people are afraid to address. I wanna be able to talk about those openly and honestly and figure myself out and help those who listen to the records figure them out.”

 

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/macklemore-i-dont-have-moderation-when-using-drugs-and-alcohol-it-was-hurting-my-life-8618056.html

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