Being Happy Builds Character
WARNING: This post contains some language and videos that contain LOTS of language and some inappropriate content…. but it’s still awesome… But I don’t condone swearing…. don’t swear…. or do other crude things… those are just gross.
It’s not very often that you see real honesty in today’s world. Role models are hard to come by, and society always has something to say about how to live your life. Whether it’s the main-stream media or the culture that you live in, out-side influences are going to try and tell you what’s right, and what’s wrong.
I spent my youth in a hip-hop world. I grew up being objectified, harassed, and put in my place. I was even in a place of privilege. I was made fun of because I wouldn’t put out… in middle school. But that was the culture. You either be the playa or get played.
I remember feeling empowered by female artists like the Pussycat Dolls.
Using sexuality to get on top, to play those punks before they can play me. Dangle the bate, then get mine.
It wasn’t till I hit my 20’s that I realized that it doesn’t work like that. I realized I was objectifying myself. That I wasn’t winning, and more importantly, love isn’t a game. The values of the Hip Hop world that had been instilled in me as a kid were just an illusion of power. Money, drugs, sex, vanity, none of these things have any real lasting value. They don’t build you up as a person! They just produce that illusion.
So when my step sister introduced me to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, it was like a revelation to find talented Hip Hop artists that don’t objectify women in their music and music videos. Artist who sing about real, heartfelt things, and wink at the “Glamorous” lifestyle.
So Music Video Monday presents two artists. Two artists who stand for real people. Who sing about social issues, and strive for honesty and truth. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Talented writer for Interview Magazine Dan Buyanovsky asked Macklemore in a beautifully written interview (read it, love it),
“People call you a conscious rapper, and you do make conscious, socially aware hip-hop music, but you’re never pandering or heavy-handed. How do you think you’ve been able to pull that off?”
“I put myself in the place of the listener when editing my writing. The last thing that I want to do is be preached at and told who to be or what to think when listening to an artist. However, I do want to be inspired. There’s a fine line. I also have a producer that is critical as shit, and picks apart everything I write. That definitely helps.”
This next video made me cry. So beautiful, so touching. It’s one of my new favorite songs.
Even his party songs are just plain awesome
Well I hope you enjoyed.