Tuesday, April 23, 2013
What's on the radio: Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
If you haven't heard Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis then I can't imagine what rock you're living under. This song is everywhere right now, and I for one think its success is well deserved. In an age where 90% of rap has degenerated into talking about nothing but expensive clothes, liquor, cars, and the loose women those things attract, Thrift Shop is a breath of fresh air. With awesome lines like "Now walk into the club like 'What up?! I got a big cock'", "Damn, that's a cold ass honky!", and my personal favorite "They be like 'Oh that Gucci, that's so tight' I'm like 'Yo, that's fifty dollars for a t-shirt" it's hard not to love this song. The beat is incredibly catchy and well produced so that helps it's case a lot too. It definitely has it's flaws. It's a bit repetitive such as constantly mention his clothes were your grandfathers. Also, and I'm certainly not the first to point this out, the line about buying a used skeet blanket is, well, let's just say it's odd.
I listened to some of Macklemore's other songs and wasn't that impressed. They aren't bad, but they aren't nearly as memorable as Thrift Shop. One song, Same Love even gets up a liberal high horse lecturing the rap community for using words like faggot and gay. So in my mind Macklemore already loses some of the cool points Thrift Shop earned him for whining that rap isn't sensitive enough.
I think Thrift Shop is an instant classic. While I'm sure I'll probably be sick of it by the time it's run on the charts is over, I'm also sure it's one of those songs I'll be going back to a couple years after it's faded from memory and rediscover it all over again.