The first record up for consideration in “The Grammys Said I Should Listen to This” is the most recent winner of the “Best Rap Album” award, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s The Heist. Prior to listening to the album, I had seen a few of the duo’s videos on Facebook walls and while perusing YouTube. I had seen their performance of the single “Same Love” on The Colbert Report and was aware that there was a thing called “Thrift Store” that the kids were all into. Sufficiently satisfied that the group’s music wasn’t my flavor, I largely ignored them and went about with my life as usual—drugs were sold, gats were busted, and after I quit playing Grand Theft Auto, a blog was started…and I needed something to write about. So, armed with the knowledge that the Grammys were a thing that existed, that these guys had won one, and the lukewarm recommendation of a friend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis stopped getting ignored by the most important new blogger on the interwebs and got a few new listens on Spotify.
Also, I apparently heard the duo in a commercial for an email service.
|Ryan Lewis (left) never gets more excited than this.|
|This man is an important artist.|
Okay, I did get a little teary-eyed at this video.
I actually really dig this track. I would listen to a whole album of this type of instrumental.
|Notes from my initial listening. I could have probably just posted these and saved a bunch of time explaining how I feel about this record.|