Popular for his catchy hit “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore is a well known hip-hop/rap artist. Often a US and Australian chart topper, he has performed at major music festivals such as Lollapalooza and has gone on world tours. On March 19, he came to East Lansing, performing at the Breslin Center with Ryan Lewis.
“I can’t even put into words how great the concert was. The entire stadium was crazy and singing along,” said senior Emma Mitchell. “Definitely the best concert I have ever been to.”
Macklemore has branched out from other hip-hop/rap artists for several different reasons. Unlike most other rap artists, Macklemore is white and in his song “Same Love,” he strongly stands for gay marriage and speaks out against homophobia in other songs and in the media. His lyrics read “If I was gay I would think hip-hop hates me./ Have you read the YouTube comments? ‘Man, that’s gay’ gets dropped on the daily.”
“When he performed the song ‘Same Love’ I was surprised at the audiences’ reaction,” said Mitchell. “It was incredible to see so many people supporting the most controversial and most important issues of our generation.”
The Breslin Center, located on Michigan States campus in East Lansing, holds more than 15,000 people and the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert was sold out. Tickets started at $35 and increased in price from there.
So did the 15,000 fans who attended the performance get their money’s worth? Well, at least one did.
“I would definitely pay money to go see Macklemore again, no doubt. I could have stayed all night listening to him perform. I am completely obsessed,” said Mitchell.
By Emma Zielinski