A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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 ...
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?
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