Macklemore’s daughter, Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty was born on May 29th, and fatherhood has clearly been weighing on him heavily in the ensuing months. He gets a lot off his chest on “Growing Up,” aided by a bluesy, soulful piano-and-guitar beat from Lewis and a gospel-tinged hook fro Ed Sheeran.
The track is tender, honest and emotional, as Macklemore doles out life advice on everything from cheating in class to finding your passion in life. He speaks candidly about the difficulties of fatherhood as a performer living life on the road, and the difficult balancing act he hopes to achieve.
Macklemore also sent a note accompanying the track for context.
“When you try to escape yourself, life has an interesting way of creating situations that force you to come back. To look at who you are. This is why ‘Growing Up’ felt like the right song to re-emerge with. It’s where I’ve been the last year, through all the ups and downs. We didn’t want to do a big campaign or anything over the top with this. We just wanted to put out good music, directly to the people that have been here since the beginning. Thank you for your patience. Hope you enjoy.”
Fatherhood has been a major theme in hip-hop recently. Chance the Rapper announced just a few weeks ago that he was expecting a child, and claimed the announcement would change the way fans listened to Surf, his latest record.
It remains to be seen if fatherhood is going to turn Macklemore into a softer, gentler artist, but “Growing Up” is certainly a different direction from much of the super speed, fist-pounding rap of tracks like “Can’t Hold Us.”
“Growing Up” isn’t the first single off a new album, just a raw moment of insight that will make even the staunchest “Thrift Shop” haters stop and listen.
A free download link is included below via SoundCloud, and you can read Macklemore’s full letter here.
Check below for the track’s full lyrics:
“My advice for life: dance and sing your song while the party is still on.”
― Rasheed Ogunlaru
LETTUCE SHELLEBRATE!!! #WORLDTURTLEDAY
— Trippy Turtle (@TruTrippyTurtle) May 23, 2014
Trippy Turtle is shellebrating #WorldTurtleDay right by giving away all of his tracks for free (via Soundcloud). If you don’t know about Trippy Turtle (aka Lido), now is a great time to listen in! I was fortunate enough to see him play a San Francisco show a little over a month ago, his on-stage presence is bursting with positivity, and his tracks flow so well in his live sets. SO WELL. Head over to his page and cop some free music, and in the meantime, stream his brand new remix of Ed Sheeran’s ‘SING’. Cheers
I think it was last year. I don’t even know because clearly I’ve repressed the memory. I humiliated myself. I don’t want to talk about what I did, but it was just a disaster. I felt like it was the end of the world. Instead of dealing with the problem at hand, I ignored it and buried it in the depths of my memory, while I worked on other things, trying to keep my mind off of the situation. It’s kind of what I do. I started a music blog, and one of the mixes I made on it was called nostalgia, ULTRA, named after Frank Ocean’s awesome mixtape. Anyway, I looked back on my iTunes and dug up some of the songs from that and stuck them on this mix. THE END OF THE WORLD is a rehashing of an embarrassing moment in my life. It contains both old and new songs and is super personal and dear to me. Be sure to download it and play it one year from tomorrow. Honestly, that was just a coincidence.
- Passion Pit – Tonight, Tonight (Smashing Pumpkins Cover)
- Don Trip – Cheers (jj’s Save Our Souls Remix)
- Dan Mangan – The Indie Queens Are Waiting
- Oliver Tank – Beautiful (Snoop Dogg Cover) (ft. Fawn Myers)
- Common – The Believer (ft. John Legend)
- Shy Girls – Gonna Get My Name Back
- Jai Paul – BTSTU (Edit)
- recess – love in the streets of bklyn.
- Michael Cera’s Interlude
- Ed Sheeran – You Need Me
- The Killers – Mr. Brightside (Cry Wolf Remix)
- Moby – The Day (Yeasayer Remix)
- Foster the People – Miss You
- Electric Guest – Troubleman
- Grouplove – Tongue Tied
- Skizzy Mars – Shangri-La
- Fibes, Oh Fibes! – Cerahtonia
- 2AM Club – Tell Her Hi
- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – The End
- Youth Lagoon – Goodbye Again (John Denver Cover)
- The Tallest Man On Earth – The Drying of the Lawns
- Wintersleep – Weighty Ghost
You whispered, “Don’t you love music? It’s such a gift, and I’ll give it to ya. But you gotta use it.”