Following their recent announcement this past Monday morning of their new album, The Heist (due October 9), and their upcoming tour, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis today have released a new song, which on his Twitter feed Macklemore says is “One that I’ve wanted to put out for a while. Seems like the time is right...” Written this past April, “Same Love” is a response to the events going on not just in our area but around the country. Here, Macklemore, already an outspoken supporter of Referendum 74, a bill proposed to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington State, and a contributor to the Music for Marriage Equality movement, takes a personal position, having been raised in both the Catholic and hip hop communities, with their strong positions against homosexuality. “If I was gay,” he says, “I would think that hip-hop hates me.” But it’s not just those two Macklemore calls out; fear and prejudice can be faults of our nation. On his website, he maintains:
I am not saying that intolerance is exclusive to hip hop. Hip hop culture is a part of American culture, and America can be scared, fearful, and prejudiced against its own. My intent is not to scrutinize or single out hip hop. It happens to be the culture that has profoundly shaped me, and the one I feel most accountable to.
As ever, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis combine a powerful and ultimately uplifting message with a truly engaging groove. Local singer and spoken word artist Mary Lambert, herself outspoken on the subject of tolerance, adds a soulful backing as guest vocalist.
“Same Love” will be on sale next Tuesday, July 24, through iTunes and as a limited edition 7″ the following Tuesday, July 31, via Sub Pop Records, but you can listen to the song now below and learn more about Music for Marriage Equality here.