- Looks like Macklemore is building a whole career on bargaining: after his thrift shop adventures, he’s back for cheap and gets a 1987 Kawasaki moped for 800 bucks. Good for you I say? #omgsohipster
- You’re totally not trying to cash in on 2014’s pop savior, eh? But since you’re Macklemore the master of bargaining uptown is too wealthy-sounding for you, so you go downtown instead? You also have no idea of what made that song cool, since you replaced the badass a cappella bass line with a friggin’ stock cowbell loop and amped up the thug choir thing beyond silly by bringing on board a whole slew of old school rappers. Also, no cool brass lines? Are you relegating them to mere decoration?
- Did I mention the friggin’ stock cowbell loop? ARE YOU SERIOUS? Are you building a whole song around YouTube soundtrack material? You should pick your loops better next time…
- Somebody must have told Ryan Lewis that they have this cool tradition in Korea of cramming multiple songs together into an off-putting but awesome Frankenstein monster, and he wanted to join the fun apparently! But they didn’t tell him that the parts have to stand up on their own: it’s not like you mix a totally off the wall Freddy Mercury inspired vocal (more on the Mika side but you get the point) with a bland cowbell-y Uptown Funk try-hard beat and expect it to automatically sound cooler than the sum of its parts. There’s an unbalance in quality here: I would have been plenty happy with just the Queen section at this point. And heck, you could have made it work too: Queen could have taught you a thing or two about disco, you know?
- Still, props to the two for trying to sound different: I’m sure it will come out better next time you try. I probably won’t still like it because I find Macklemore’s voice annoying, but that’s just me.
- Isn’t this whole bringing in old school rappers thing a way to answer those dumb cultural appropriation/only-blacks-and-Eminem-can-rap arguments? Way to go, pal! Although it might make you look like you’re begging for credibility or something. But I know you don’t give a cuff anyway, and neither do I.