When Thrift Shop came out, people thought it was a joke. Now, they can't hold them in place.
Click here to listen to Can't Hold Us!
If you aren't aware, the song had just hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100, knocking off the successful collaboration of P!nk and Nate Ruess's Just Give Me A Reason. I still remember a few months ago, the song didn't even enter the charts, bubbling under it. But now, Macklemore is more than just an artist well-known for cheap clothes or velcros, instead, becoming more relevant and giving back to the community and a re-release of Can't Hold Us did just that.
And if you didn't know by now, Macklemore is a rapper (I wouldn't want to call 'pop' when you've actually grown up to Wu Tang), supported behind by Ryan Lewis's production. The duo gained mainstream recognition after their single Thrift Shop climbed to number one, eventually charting worldwide in the top 10. This was already a story in the offing, that their famous stature would only grow increasingly. It was definitely wise to re-release Can't Hold Us as the song was solely appreciated by fans across the world. By the history books, it seems Can't Hold Us could secure the top spot for another week, keeping 2nd and 3rd off the hooks. But, that's just an interpretation anyway. It seemed inevitable as the summer's slow start was going to be ignited by this soul-searching and yet amazing song.
The Heist was also equally impressive, clocking in 78,000 sales, and only 2nd to Babel by Mumford And Sons. The reception was mainly positive, and this attracted many fans to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's work, only proving to move them up the ladder further. As of May 8 2013, The Heist sold a total of 600,000 copies! A complete listen would be best if you have the time as I recommend it.
Onto the song, the drum trembles your ears and the piano makes for sole enrichment. Hand-clapping and foot-stomping imagery pictures the song to more of an anthem than a real record. Accompanied with Macklemore's visual, sensing and at time beast lyrics, the song leaves you almost astounded when you compare it to their previous hit. Yes, Ryan Lewis's production was simply effective, and the sentiments of the song only grows in pleasure. Not to forget, the soulful performance from Ray Dalton during the chorus is magically impressive, hitting the notes and wants you to sing it along with him.
Can we go back? This is the moment
Nah, can I kick it? Thank you
Can't Hold Us instantly revives the dying and stale rap solution of the music industry after the latest effort from Drake (Started From The Bottom) is hardly impressive than his previous hits. As fans of hip-hop await Eminem's 7th studio album, we have Macklemore to contend with at the moment. And he is doing a darn good job of managing it I would say.
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - Once again, the anthem is just resounding and epic.
SOUND: 9/10 - The piano, the bass, the synths, the vocals, the layering; all of these makes up for the superb song.
LYRICS: 9/10 - If they make no meaning, I suggest the lyrics. Macklemore's talent is thrust in your face, removing all doubts people have had on Thrift Shop.
OVERALL: 27/30 - An amazing performance for every human being who had done a part of the song. This is a summer hit and an emotional anthem that will leave you breathless and wanting more. Let's play it for days!
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