Referendum 74 finds an doubtful champion in hip-hop’s Macklemore and Ryan …Oct 27
A Washington State hip-hop artist bucks stereotypes by creation strain in support of matrimony equivalence and Referendum 74.
SEATTLE — Hip-hop is not generally deliberate a citadel of on-going virtue. Despite a bounds and enlargement spurred by a hip-hop transformation over a past 30+ years, a ubiquitous calm is still adequate to make a many foul-mouthed extremist blush.
The socially unwavering swat groups who have achieved some turn of inhabitant inflection can be counted on one hand: A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, The Black Eyed Peas (pre-Fergie), Lupe Fiasco — any chairman has their possess personal list. Arguments can be done for other some-more mainstream swat acts—Jay-Z comes to mind—but a ubiquitous trend towards sexism and homophobia persists, giving critics plenty ammunition to calumniate a whole art form.
Out of this credentials come Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
While a Referendum 74 conflict over matrimony equivalence rages in Washington State, this MC-Producer twin combined an doubtful anthem for a pro-74 crowd. “Same Love” meditates on hip-hop’s opinion toward homosexuality, while also creation some clever statements about a issue. Macklemore’s lyrics pronounce from his possess practice with a happy uncle and his possess early considerations of his possess sexuality, while Mary Lambert’s mountainous carol grants poignant pathos to a message.
Macklemore, aka Seattle’s Ben Haggerty, has been outspoken in his support of a R-74 bill.
“My wish is that my personal testimony can assistance in some approach to not usually allege a discourse and approve Referendum 74, though also to assistance figure a enlightenment of belonging in that all people are equal,” Macklemore wrote on his website when a strain was released.
The strain has already done a rounds nationally. The Huffington Post toasted a feature-quality strain video on a site, as has MTV’s Buzzworthy blog. Apple’s iTunes assembly has shown adore to a whole manuscript creation it a most downloaded album in a initial week of release, assisting a Seattle twin to debut #2 on a Billboard 200—no tiny attainment for an eccentric act of any genre.
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