The Irish people have had it rough the past few hundred years.
Dying from famines, being killed or sold into slavery by the English, Lit majors pretending to know who James Joyce was, and now… having to be associated with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
When I first saw this a few weeks ago, I brushed it off because I thought it was just a really bad rapper trying to cash in on Irish stereotypes. Then I kept seeing it posted around the interwebs. Now, you can’t swing a dead cat around without seeing this guy being mentioned online. But why?
- Rap Skill Level: Pretty much worse than the guy from The Streets.
- Political Appeal: Closest you get is around 1:20 where he almost makes a political statement about the Irish/English conflict, but then immediately backs off and is all ‘jk luv u 5ever London’.
- Black: No
Then a link to another of Macklemore’s songs came up and it all made perfect sense…
Macklemore has hipster appeal. He’s from Seattle, writes songs about thrift shops, his group even has a violinist and a trumpet player in it (pictured here in a Fedora).
There’s even a song about having too much money as a kid (srs):
And yet, the group isn’t just playing the token white rap gig at hipster festivals, as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have a #1 album on itunes.
Is it just that hipsters only use Apple products?
Is it because people who enjoy mediocre rap played over samples from the death rattles of the illegitimate children in the Lost and Found at Bumbershoot aren’t smart enough to torrent?
Or is this really just a perfect storm of West Coast hipster bullshit heading inland under the guise of non-offensive Will Smith level rapping that will eventually spiral into something that FEMA will have to get called in for?
In b4 his fanbase realizes they made him popular and ditch him like they ditched basic grooming habits.