A Wake (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Evan Roman) Arrows (Fences feat. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) Bolo Tie (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. YG) BomBom (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. The Teaching) Brad Pitt's Cousin (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. XP) Burkshot (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. KRS-One, DJ Premier) Can't Hold Us (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton) Castle (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) Cowboy Boots (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) Dance Off (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Anderson .Paak, Idris Elba) Downtown (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz) Gold (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Eighty4 Fly) Growing Up (Sloane's Song) (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ed Sheeran) Irish Celebration (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) Jimmy Iovine (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ab-Soul) Kevin (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Leon Bridges) Let's Eat (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. XP)
****** THIS is the macklemore I remember. Not afraid to shy away from any social issue, with an impeccable verse. This song delves into the issue of police brutality and institutionalised racism. This may not be the catchiest rap song in the world, but it is an important one to hear.
Quotes and silence are things that are utilised well in this song. Macklemores best.
**** I think what's most immediately refreshing to me about this track is the way Macklemore goes yet another layer deep in being self-aware. Because he cops endless flack for his status as the hip-hop vanguard for well, you know what sort of people. But I mean what is he supposed to do about it? Clearly the answer is to release an 8+ minute long song putting all of it on wax.
I can't give this a high score just for that. Even I think this runs far too long, while not doing much in the way of clever wordplay, composition etc that can make me think that it's exceptional. Macklemore's cadence & bars remain corny in 2016. But in saying that, I don't think that's what's important here. Rather, I think it's a good thing that Macklemore is using his status to get something out there to start a dialogue. For a lot of people who are quick to tune out these issues because they don't in any way affect their way of life, this will be the only way they hear these sorts of issues up front. That's perhaps why this song would better serve to be more succinct. Granted, it's hard to make a balance there as if you make it too conventional, most won't even notice or care about the message portrayed, but I feel there's a more effective middle point than what he's done here.
Even if it's not the best crafted, this dialogue is important. 3.6
*** Text, wie oft toll, tiefgründig & real, jedoch musikalisch ganz schlecht und wie bereits von meinen Vorrednern viiiiiel zu lange. 3*, mehr kann ich nicht geben. Der Teil von Jamila Woods kann sich durchaus sehen lassen..