Rap Duo Takes On Homophobia, Tupac with James Brown, new Train
March 5th, 2013
“SAME LOVE” MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
Macklemore has been releasing mixtapes and independent EP’s as an underground white rapper for years. Source Magazine noticed his talents named him as their Unsigned Hype artist in early 2012. They’ve been ready to break out and in 2012 it happened. “The Heist” is a CD independently produced, recorded, marketed, and released by the rap duo of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Through word of mouth, the album shot straight to #1 on Billboard and iTunes. At a time when the music industry has become so predictable, who would have guessed two rappers asking such deep, psychological questions in their sing-along rap style would generate so much attention. “Thrift Shop” has become a radio staple with 135 million YouTube hits and “Same Love” challenges our views on homophobia. Remember this is all coming from a RAP record! Check out these lyrics, “
If I was gay
I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately?
“Man that’s gay”
Gets dropped on the daily
We’ve become so numb to what we’re sayin’
Our culture founded from oppression
Yet we don’t have acceptance for ‘em
Call each other faggots
Behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate
Yet our genre still ignores it
Aloha, Welcome To Hawaii! With these four words, the new Train video begins. Tropical paradise, a dark-haired exotic mermaid, NFL Hall Of Famers like Eric Dickerson and Marcus Allen, cast members from Hawaii 5-0, hula and fire dancers, NFL Cheerleaders, and oh, yeah, Train is in the video too! Recorded at the 2013 Pro Bowl, the power pop video is a three minute mini-vacation for our minds at our U.S. ultimate dream vacation locale. The color schemes in this video are so vivid: Check out the glistening waves of the Pacific on the rocks, the Carolina blue shirts of the concert goers, and the golden sunset in the background.
“UNCHAINED” TUPAC with JAMES BROWN
2Pac’s “Untouchable” is mixed with James Brown’s definite funk jam, “The Payback” for the most attention grabbing song on the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti western, “Django Unchained”. By combining 2Pac’s swagger on his 90’s West Coast rap anthem with James Brown’s defiant 70’s R&B classic, you’ve got a 1-2 punch of ATTITUDE! Throw in a few spoken word verbal jabs by Jamie Foxx and the song captures the fighter spirit of the Tarantino motion picture. Big props to Christoph Waltz for winning a very well-deserved second Best Supporting Actor award.