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



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


Mentions "YouTube comments."

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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.

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.

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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byWizFan42 August 18, 2013

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
Written byAnonymous July 13, 2013


What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 October 17, 2013

Good, thoughtful song from "Thrift Shop" artist

This is a cool, interesting song. I'm glad Macklemore is rejecting homophobia and mentions other prejudices. Something that should be noted, however, is that Macklemore criticizes conservative/religious views on homosexuality, so some people may feel offended by it. However, the overall message is one of acceptance. Language: Some uses of "d*mn" and "f*ggot" and mentions of the word "gay" being used in a homophobic way. Sex is just mentioning romantic love, nothing eyebrow-raising. Overall this is a good, thought-provoking song about acceptance.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing


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