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Trapped in a Racialized World: Macklemore’s Subversive Strivings in “Can’t Hold Us”

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One of the most refreshing acts to appear on the popular music charts has been the mercurial ascension of Seattle based rapper, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Working through his own independent record label, Macklemore is has been an accomplished artist for a number of years. However, his very radio friendly song, “Thrift shop” propelled him to superstar status with over 400 million views on YouTube and an American Music Awards nomination for song of the year. His song “Same Love” is also extremely noteworthy in that it is one of the first, if not the seminal, internationally played rap tunes that unabashedly supports gays and gay marriage rights. Nevertheless his song called “Can’t Hold Us” and particularly the video that accompanies it merit significant scholarly attention for its originality, vision and artistic value. With over 130 million YouTube views “Can’t Hold Us” represents a significant achievement for any musician, not to mention rapper when is not produced or supported by a major record label. Additionally upon closer examination, we observe a wide variety of racial overtures, which can be interpreted as defying propagating traditional racial constructions. Using theories put forth by scholars such as Toni Morrison, bell hooks, Beverly Daniel Tatum and Cornel West, my investigation explores and explains some of the more relevant underpinnings in the video “Can’t Hold Us” especially in regards to race. Because if its immense popularity, such a study demonstrates the trappings of racial smog in an individual who strives conscientiously to subvert societal norms.
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Harris II, Emmanuel. "Trapped in a Racialized World: Macklemore’s Subversive Strivings in “Can’t Hold Us”" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707714_index.html>

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Harris II, E. D. , 2014-03-27 "Trapped in a Racialized World: Macklemore’s Subversive Strivings in “Can’t Hold Us”" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707714_index.html

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Abstract: One of the most refreshing acts to appear on the popular music charts has been the mercurial ascension of Seattle based rapper, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Working through his own independent record label, Macklemore is has been an accomplished artist for a number of years. However, his very radio friendly song, “Thrift shop” propelled him to superstar status with over 400 million views on YouTube and an American Music Awards nomination for song of the year. His song “Same Love” is also extremely noteworthy in that it is one of the first, if not the seminal, internationally played rap tunes that unabashedly supports gays and gay marriage rights. Nevertheless his song called “Can’t Hold Us” and particularly the video that accompanies it merit significant scholarly attention for its originality, vision and artistic value. With over 130 million YouTube views “Can’t Hold Us” represents a significant achievement for any musician, not to mention rapper when is not produced or supported by a major record label. Additionally upon closer examination, we observe a wide variety of racial overtures, which can be interpreted as defying propagating traditional racial constructions. Using theories put forth by scholars such as Toni Morrison, bell hooks, Beverly Daniel Tatum and Cornel West, my investigation explores and explains some of the more relevant underpinnings in the video “Can’t Hold Us” especially in regards to race. Because if its immense popularity, such a study demonstrates the trappings of racial smog in an individual who strives conscientiously to subvert societal norms.


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