"Same Love (ft. Mary Lambert)" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Star rapper advocates same-sex marriage in catchy single.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 21 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Advocating for equal rights is a refreshing thing to see in hip-hop, and Macklemore's attempt to break down stereotypes is noble, though some families might be uncomfortable with his criticisms of religion and "right wing conservatives."

Positive Role Models & Representations

It's inspiring to see a musician take such a firm stance on a hot-button political topic.


Uses the word "faggot" to critique homophobia; also "damn."


Mentions "YouTube comments."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Same Love" is a touching endorsement of marriage equality by a rapper striving to break the homophobic tendencies of his genre. The song is positive and intelligent, but deals with a controversial topic that parents might want to discuss with kids before listening. Parents should be aware that the lyrics openly and directly criticize conservative values and religious opposition to gay marriage and use the term "faggot" to critique homophobia.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAlexandre M. December 31, 2017
The song it’s self is not that good but it has a good message.Overall the song is for 7 and up.
Adult Written byJared Galczynski May 21, 2014

I don't think it's that bad.

"Same Love" for all the other rap songs I reviewed.
Kid, 10 years old December 31, 2017
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheAlmightyCastform December 4, 2017

Extremely good message, references to political stuff.

This is a great song which states that you should be yourself and it is okay to be homosexual. This song has many references kids might not understand, such as... Continue reading

What's the story?

"SAME LOVE" is the song that initially brought Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to national and international fame, the fourth single from their 2012 debut album The Heist. Recorded during the campaign to bring same-sex marriage to Washington state, the track became a viral sensation, attracting an influx of mainstream attention to the issue of gay rights. Featured on this rap ballad is Seattle-based singer Mary Lambert, who provides vocals on the chorus.

Is it any good?

The song manages to be challenging without feeling too preachy, deconstructing the status quo within the framework of a radio hit. Mack's flow is solid as usual, filled with clever and thought-provoking lines like "If you preach hate at the service/those words aren't anointed/That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned." The production is excellent, if a little sappy, and Mary Lambert sounds beautiful.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the track's message. How does the subject matter compare to Macklemore's other chart-topping hits, "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us"?

  • Macklemore directly attacks organized religion as a source of hate and bigotry in these lyrics. Do you think this is a fair critique of homophobia?

  • This song was released in the summer of 2012, about a year before the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. How do you think American culture has changed or evolved in the past few years in its approach to this issue?

Music details

  • Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Release date: June 18, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Macklemore
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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