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

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Star rapper advocates same-sex marriage in catchy single.

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What parents need to know

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

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

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Language

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

Consumerism

Mentions "YouTube comments."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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Teen, 15 years old Written byWizFan42 August 18, 2013
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Great song

Alright this is probobly Macklemores cleanist song off his 3RD album not his debut album but his 3rd album. Also, in my opinion it should be shown to younger children to show them that homosexuals are just like heterosexuals and should be treated as such. Only one use of f-ggot but not in an offensive way. Final Review 9.2/10
Kid, 10 years old July 21, 2013
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Macklemore becomes a controversial advocate for homosexuality.

"Same Love" by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert is a mid-tempo conscious hip-hop track on Macklemore's debut album, "The Heist". The song talks about Macklemore's homosexual uncles, and how today's society trashes homosexuals, lesbians, and transgenders. I feel that homosexuality and altered sexual orientations are a very mature subject, and so I feel that no individual younger than at least 17 years old should listen to this track, for the uneducated mind might getthe wrong idea of the somewhat more positive message of the song.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Written byAnonymous July 13, 2013
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THE REALITY

I THINK IS A VERY GOOD SONG THAT HAS A VERY BEAUTIFUL MESSAGE. ALTHOUGH IT HAS SOME LANGUAGE I RECOMMEND PARENTS TO LET THEIR KIDS LISTEN TO THIS SONG.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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