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"Can't Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)" (CD Single)



Empowering, positive rap track is mostly clean.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Macklemore offers an inspirational anthem about struggling and succeeding as an independent artist, along with other solid messages like "Learn from that failure, gain humility, and then we keep marching."

Positive role models

Mack encourages kids to believe in themselves and pursue their artistic endeavors, using himself as an example: He talks about "chasing dreams" since age 14, and how his "validation comes from giving it back to the people."

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Mild language in the lyrics, including "independent s--t hustler," "pimp strut walking," "damn." 


Admits he used to want "gold fronts" in his teeth.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Includes the line "Eating at the beat like you gave a little speed to a great white shark on Shark Week."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this track from Seattle-based rapper Macklemore is an uplifting party jam about his musical journey and coming into his own in the industry. The lyrics are mostly clean and optimistic ("independent s--t hustler," "pimp strut walking," "damn" are as bad as it gets), making it a fine pick for younger teens.

What's the story?

Following the success of the smash viral hit "Thrift Shop," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have issued "CAN'T HOLD US" as the latest single from their October 2012 album The Heist. While there are no gimmicks this time around, the song has caught fire due to its catchy chorus, empowering lyrics, and the rising star power of the Goodwill-shopping emcee.

Is it any good?


The hook is anthemic and the rap is interesting and distinctive, while the production is strong and melodic. Some might find some of the lyrics a little cheesy or too similar to motivational speaking, but if you're willing to accept his sincerity, there's a lot to like about Macklemore and this single.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the idea of positive or message rap. Why is it so rare these days for a popular hip-hop song to steer clear of materialism and misogyny?

  • Macklemore rose to prominence through viral hits like "Thrift Shop" and "Same Love." How is this song different from those tracks, which relied on hot-button topics to attract attention?

Music details

Artist:Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Release date:April 9, 2013
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old April 21, 2013


This is even a better song than Thrift Shop! Let older Tweens and up.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bystudboy24 July 3, 2013

cant hold us

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old June 9, 2013

The Language Is Not As Bad As Thrift Shop

As usual, Macklemore curses while he raps but not as much as Thrift Shop. In my opinion, Can't Hold Us is better than his previous song but there are some curse words like d--n, p-mp and s--t. Its a great thing there's no f--k or c--k like Thrift Shop but you can still here some profanity words.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing


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