Macklemore, Ryan Lewis rise to fame with ‘The Heist’
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New, different, and surprisingly impressive, Macklemore’s “The Heist,” featuring Ryan Lewis, deserves a standing ovation. Some rappers discuss painful topics such as pregnancy and living in the ghetto without any actual personal experience, whereas Macklemore uses his past memories growing up in Seattle to share his obstacles and provide lyrics with more depth. For example, in “Same Love,” Macklemore analyzes a serious topic, gay marriage, after the obstacles he has seen his uncles experience while also exploring how society inappropriately uses the term “gay” in common language. Additionally, this album includes the 2011 hit single, “Wings.” Rapping about receiving his first pair of Nikes as a child, he personifies these sneakers, as if they gave him a new power to fly. Macklemore expresses that he finally felt accepted and “cool” amongst his peers, giving him the confidence he needs to one day reach his dreams. Overall, “The Heist” is different from today’s simple, uninteresting lyrics and autotuned mainstream music.