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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

MATTHEW SINGER
8 pm, Tuesday October 22 | $39.50-$45.
Moda Center
1401 N Wheeler Ave.
 

[HIP-HOP]  Macklemore is the ultimate well-meaning rapper, a nice young man from Seattle who fought off addiction and sneaked his way to megastardom via a combination of catchy goofery (\"Thrift Shop\") and baldfaced earnestness (\"Same Love\"). His career would seem critic-proof, if it weren\'t marred by a total lack of self-awareness. Sure, \"Thrift Shop\" probably sounded like a wacky novelty jam when he was writing it, but coming from a middle-class white kid from the Pacific Northwest, its lyrics basically mock the aspirational hip-hop made by rappers who grew up without his privileges. And while it\'s hard to fault anyone for writing a pro-gay marriage anthem, \"Same Love\" is still pretty trite and, coming from a straight white male, not nearly as daring as it might seem on the surface. Still, no one predicted the level of success he\'s achieved, and he\'s done it without any music-industry machinery behind him. Plus, Willamette Week put him on its cover way back in 2011, declaring him the future of hip-hop. Thanks for proving us right, Mack! 



Where: Moda Center
Phone: 235-8771
Address: 1401 N Wheeler Ave.
Website: www.rosequarter.com

 
 

Moda Center

1401 N Wheeler Ave.
Portland, OR
 
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