SONG OF THE WEEK: MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS “Same Love” [Numero 66]

Sessantaseiesimo ”numero” della mia nuova rubrica SONG OF THE WEEK, consigli personali sui nuovi pezzi che ritengo interessanti o,quanto meno,degni di nota rispetto ad altri nel mondo del mainstream musicale. Non tutto il commerciale è da buttare,e spero che con questa rubrica lo possa dimostrare.

*ABOUT*

ITALIANO

Per questa settimana ho scelto “Same Love”, quarto singolo del rapper americano del momento, Macklemore, e del suo producer Ryan Lewis, estratto dal loro album di debutto “The Heist”, con la partecipazione della cantante Mary Lambert nel ritornello melodico.

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Per questa settimana ho deciso di scegliere questo brano in occasione della giornata contro l’omofobia e la transfobia, in quanto il pezzo parla proprio della legalizzazione del matrimonio tra coppie dello stesso stesso, e fu incisa durante la campagna per questa proposta di legge nello stato di Washington.

Il fatto che questo tema caldo, attuale ed assolutamente importante sia trattato da artisti hip hop è ciò che mi ha  fatto scegliere il brano come portavoce per questa giornata speciale per gli omosessuali, le lesbiche, i bisessuali e i transgender. 

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Il mondo hip hop, a stessa detta di Macklemore e Ryan Lewis, è molto “lontano” da tematiche di questo genere, se non spesso omofobico e razzista o comunque mai a favore diretto, quindi hanno deciso di fare la loro parte in questo senso, con un pezzo totalmente dedicato all’abbattimento dei pregiudizi e all’accettazione di amori che sono diversi ma, alla fin fine, “gli stessi”.

Un messaggio importantissimo, ancora di più se sostenuto da gente che “parla” ad una fetta di pubblico abituata a sentire ben altro nelle canzoni.

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“Same Love” vuol dire “lo stesso amore” e il videoclip, prodotto anch’esso da Ryan Lewis, è più eloquente delle parole stesse della canzone, e v’invito a guardarlo. Lo troverete al fondo della pagina, come sempre in ogni post di “Song of the Week”.

Il singolo è già un super successo in Australia e Nuova Zelanda dov’è finito al numero 1 e ha venduto rispettivamente 140,000 e 30,000 copie vendute, classificandosi doppio disco di platino in entrambe le nazioni. Attualmente è al numero 78 in USA, ma si suppone scalerà molto presto la classifica.

ENGLISH

This week i’ve chosen “Same Love“, fourth single to be taken from “The Heist”, debut album of american rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis, with guest starring appearance from Mary Lambert, who sings the chorus of the song. 

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For this week i’ve chosen this song in occasion of the day against Homophobia and Transphobia, as this song deals with legalization of same sex marriage  and it was recorded during the campaign for this law proposal, in Washington State. 

This hot topic, very important, is way much more important if dealt by hip hop artists, and this is the reason why i chose this single as a flag for this great day in the world, and obviously more than anyone for gay, bisexual, lesbians and transgender people. 

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Hip hop world, as told by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis too, is very far form this themes, if not a little homophonic in its own, so they decided to make an important step, with a single totally devoted to this cause, intending to destroy most of  prejudices and promoting acceptation of “same love”, whom are different but, in the very deep, they’re quite the same.

A very important message, more than ever if supported by people who generally speaks to a public who’s used to hear very different themes in the songs.

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I recommend  to watch “Same Love” videoclip, produced by Ryan Lewis itself, which explains perfectly the song, at times even better than the words themselves. You will find it at the bottom of the article, where i use to them usually in every “Song of the Week” post.

“Same sold” it’s already a great success in Australia and New Zeland, where it peaked at number 1 and sold, respectively, 140,000 e 30,000 copies, with a double platinum certification in each of the two countries. Currently it is at number 78 in USA, but i bet it will soon climb the chart.

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*TESTO*

[Verse 1: Macklemore]
When I was in the 3rd grade
I thought that I was gay
Cause I could draw, my uncle was
And I kept my room straight
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She’s like, “Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-K”
Trippin’, yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she
A bunch of stereotypes all in my head
I remember doing the math like
“Yeah, I’m good a little league”
A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
For those who like the same sex had the characteristics
The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition
Playing God
Ahh nah, here we go
America the brave
Still fears, what, we don’t know
And God loves all His children
Is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written
35 hundred years ago
I don’t know

[Hook: Mary Lambert]
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm [x4]

[Verse 2: Macklemore]
If I was gay
I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately
“Man that’s gay”
Gets dropped on the daily
We’ve become so numb to what we’re sayin’
Our culture founded from oppression
Yeah, we don’t have acceptance for ’em
Call each other faggots
Behind the keys of a message board
A word routed in hate
Yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser
It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
Gender and skin color
Complexion of your pigment
The same fight that lead people to walk-outs and sit-ins
It’s human rights for everybody
There is no difference
Live on! And be yourself!
When I was in church
They taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service
Those words aren’t anointed
And that Holy Water
That you soak in
Is then poisoned
When everyone else
Is more comfortable
Remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans
That have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same
But that’s not important
No freedom ’til we’re equal
Damn right I support it
I don’t know

[Hook: Mary Lambert]
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm [x4]

[Verse 3: Macklemore]
We press play
Don’t press pause
Progress, march on!
With a veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
‘Till the day
That my uncles can be united by law
Kids are walkin’ around the hallway
Plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful
Someone would rather die
Than be who they are
And a certificate on paper
Isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a damn good place to start
No law’s gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever god you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it’s all the same love
About time that we raised up

[Hook: Mary Lambert]
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm [x4]

[Outro: Mary Lambert]
Love is patient, love is kind
Love is patient (not cryin’ on Sundays)
Love is kind (not crying on Sundays) [x5]

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