Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.
Note: Macklemore uses a few bad words.
Macklemore is a Seattle treasure, a smart artist who figured out his producer, Ryan Lewis, is the secret to success–so he gives Ryan credit and co-billing all the time.
I’ve seen Macklemore’s old videos, before he partnered up with Ryan, and you could see the talent and imagination. It just wasn’t quite there. Ryan Lewis gave him polish and took him over the top.
Three things I love about DOWNTOWN:
1) Guest star goodness
Every video, Macklemore and Ryan find new guest singers.
This time, they brought in old-school rappers and made a star out of Eric Nally, who’s been around a while and for some reason never took off. He will now.
Ryan’s amazing at this. I’ve watched videos of other guest singers, and they sounded good in their original videos. Ryan made them sound like angels. It’s a gift.
2) Unafraid to be epic
Conventional wisdom says to keep your song short and radio-friendly. The longer the song, the less likely you’ll get played.
This video is long, different and daring.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis aren’t afraid to take chances with music videos, to swing hard, knowing they’ll miss sometimes.
They’re also smart enough to take things that should be lame–like thrift shops and mopeds–and turn them hip. That takes talent.
3) Local gems
Macklemore travels around the Northwest to shoot his videos, this time in Spokane, where I lived for a few years.
Most of this is shot downtown. Spokane has a great downtown, including Riverfront Park, and I hear Macklemore used local actors, dancers and extras.
This is smart. Who wouldn’t be excited about a music video being shot in your town, and having the chance to be in it?
Verdict: Macklemore keeps coming up with excellent music videos. THRIFT SHOP and SAME LOVE are classics. This is another good one, well-thought out and executed. If MTV still played music videos instead of Jersey Shore marathons, they’d have this running all the time.
Reformed journalist. Scribbler of speeches and whatnot. Represented by Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.