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Rapper Macklemore garners more attention through live shows

By Alec Vick ’15
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The styles of the rising star Macklemore are coming to Club Red in Tempe Oct. 28, as he continues his multi-continental tour of 2012.

The Seattle-born superstar sings an interesting brand of hip hop that many look forward to hearing.

He occasionally sings of his life’s experiences, but mixes humor into many of his songs.

“I think that he is a great artist. He sends a better message than most rappers do,” said Joey Underwood ’15.

Even with the large range of vocalists and musicians in this day’s music industry, Macklemore is certainly a diamond in the rough.

Hearing Macklemore in the early stages of his rapidly rising career would be the best time to see him in action.

Tickets are $20, a low price for any concert one should attend, and will be sold online, through his Facebook page and his website.

Macklemore’s latest hit, “Thrift Shop,” which he released Aug. 29, quickly rose to ninth on the current hip hop most purchased list on iTunes in less than 24 hours.

In about half of his songs, Macklemore relates his struggles through life and overcoming obstacles to achieve the success he has garnered.

This is expressed in the lyrics of his song “The Otherside” where he says, “Lookin’ in the mirror like I can’t believe what I’ve become. Swore I was goin’ to be someone and growing up everyone always does. We sell our dreams and our potential to escape through that buzz. Just keep me up, keep me up. Hollywood here we come.”

This is what makes him great; he shows that we are all humans where the obstacles we face can easily bring us down but we must fight.

That it is much harder to overcome them to succumb to them, but the reward is greater in the end to follow the brighter path.