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"Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz)" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
"Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz)" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Rapper shops at Goodwill; hilarity and profanity ensue.
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Parents say

age 9+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 64 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Equates thrift store "come-ups" (good deals) with high fashion, giving hope for hip cred on a budget.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Macklemore makes it cool to dig through the bargain bin while deprecating expensive designer materialism.


First line of the song includes a brag about the size of his "c--k," while another lyric refers to singer R. Kelly's sex offender case; also mentions getting "up in her skirt."


Curse words are used as laugh lines throughout, including in the chorus. Profanity includes the words "c--k," "f--k," "f--king awesome," "motherf--ker," "bitch," "s--t," "piss," "pimped," "ass."


While the song is about shopping, it's more like a satire of brand-name fashion, encouraging listeners to make the most of the "20 dollars" in their pocket.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while "Thrift Shop" is a viral sensation that's funny and captures the hipster zeitgeist perfectly, it's still a hip-hop song that uses some strong language (including "c--k" and a few variations of "f--k") to be humorous. There are also a few references to sex, such as getting "up in her skirt." Macklemore is generally a positive lyricist who critiques hip-hop conventions regarding materialism, homophobia, and race relations. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byeverlastingmiracles2 March 17, 2013

Swears, but...

There are many swear words in this song...however you can barely hear them unless you know the lyrics. Talk to your kids about the importance of not swearing.
Parent of a 9 year old Written byiamverycool March 22, 2013

its awesome

i just think its awesome my mom lets me hear it even tho im only 9
Kid, 9 years old January 28, 2013

Watch your language, Macklemore!

Catchy but terrible for kids. He needs to watch his language. I don't get how curse words go with the theme of the song.
Kid, 9 years old August 14, 2013

Don't let your kids listen to the explicit version!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The song is catchy me and my friends have listened to the explicit version and it is good but Macklemore swears in the song because he is trying to sell records... Continue reading

What's the story?

Macklemore, a 29-year-old Seattle rapper, teams up with producer Ryan Lewis on this infectious ode to the bargain bin, which has propelled the group to Internet fame. \"Thrift Shop,\" which comes from the duo's collaborative album, The Heist, is an eclectic and socially conscious tour de force of lyricism and electronic beats. Listeners may also remember hearing \"Same Love,\" the single that drew attention to the group because of its advocacy of marriage equality.

Is it any good?

The hook is ridiculously catchy, the saxophone-based beat is fun and funky, and Macklemore breezes through rapid-fire references that will strike a chord with anyone who's ever enjoyed a secondhand store. The accompanying music video that's earned them so much buzz is gloriously goofy, with a hipster army dressed in used fur-coats and Hawaiian shirts, "your granddad's clothes."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes something "go viral" as the music video for "Thrift Shop" has. Why do you think this song exploded on the Internet the way it did? What makes it so "shareable"?

  • How have people's perceptions of shopping and "thrifting" changed? Why do some teens consciously reject trendiness and homogeneity?

  • Do you think the song has a positive message? Why or why not?

Music details

For kids who love atypical hip-hop

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