On May 1st, 2013, hip-hop artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis appeared on Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report. The Seattle based musicians talked about the virtues of producing and distributing their own music, and decried the misogyny and homophobia in hip-hop music.
They also performed “Same Love”, their fantastic paean to gay marriage. Written and recorded during the Referendum 74 marriage equality campaign, in the state of Washington, this top 100 tune features vocals from Mary Lambert.
I really love their album “The Heist” --- and appreciate that they support the gay community.
Macklemore was interviewed by Studio 360 when “Same Love” was released as a single, which they called “Macklemore’s Gay Anthem”.
Macklemore is an unlikely rapper: he’s from the Pacific Northwest, he’s white, he’s proud of wearing secondhand clothes. And now he’s famous for his support of gay marriage.
Macklemore’s “Same Love” came out of his frustration with hip-hop’s misogyny and homophobia: “Those are the two acceptable means of oppression in hip-hop culture,” he tells Kurt Andersen. “It’s 2012. There needs to be some accountability. I think that as a society we’re evolving and I think that hip-hop has always been a representation of what’s going on in the world right now.”
I try my best to support our straight LGBT rights activists, and hope that you do too.
You can buy the single Same Love (feat. Mary Lambert), or the album The Heist [Explicit] at Amazon.com.
Check out their performance of Same Love on The Colbert Report.
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