Top 50 Songs of 2012: #22, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Same Love (feat. Mary Lambert)
And I can’t change. Even if I tried, even if I wanted to.
Plenty of rappers speak out against how suffocating hip-hop can be. A genre that has inescapably demoralized generation after generation. But when Macklemore admits “If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me”, it’s as if he focused a camera lens on something we should have seen a long time ago. ”Same Love” could have been a gimmicky, quote-on-quote “socially conscious” hip-hop track advocating gay rights and aiming to appeal critics by transcending popular culture. Fortunately, we’re graced with an heart-warming and deftly humble narrative that brings us a intimate snapshot of Macklemore’s personality. “Same Love” is over-flowing with quote-worthy lyrical gems and features the year’s best music video: a darling silent short-film that accentuates Macklemore’s vision tenfold. Every artistic aspect comes full circle on a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis single and on “Same Love”, we hear them at their most poignant yet. This just may be the song to mark a change in hip-hop.