great_scott saidNot quite sure how he'll set any precedent for hip hop because--aside from flat out denying he's even a hip hop act at all--a lot of hip hop heads suspect Macklemore's hype has been paid for and is being forced on them. If you read any hip hop forums, when the name is even discussed at all, it ain't good.
my feelings exactly as a rap fan. interesting thing @ another forum that i frequent. they pretty much raised up the question if it were a decade ago, if he would be blowing up like how he is right now because that backpacker, underground type of music macklemore is putting out NOW wouldn't be on and popping. he wouldn't be getting any shine especially considering how the music landscape was the whole entire 50 cent, gangster rap, you gotta have a rap sheet, ex con or involved with the street life and in the ghetto in order to get on. that dynamic changed when kanye blew up in 2004 though. since then, things have made a total 180. now everybody wants to be different, nerdy, geeky, wearing skinny jeans, on skateboards, and a hipster basically.
i'm not hating on macklemore's success at all. however, as you mentioned, i'm aware of how the industry tries to force certain trends onto the people like how they're trying this one. drake is a prime example. dude is an industry plant.
I don't think that's the main issue. No one really knows who this guy is, yet his CD and 3 of his singles cracked top 5 (2 of them back to back) on urban charts all while being totally absent from urban radio playlists, DJ mixshows, hip hop clubs and with no street buzz at all? It screams payola, and it's having a Justin Bieber effect. The guys on All Hip Hop finally found someone they despise more than Drake.
honestly, these are not the first guys that have been suspected of such which is the point. there's many others that have been associated as "industry plants" and drake is one example. i don't know about all hip hop BUT the coli pretty much has an in depth discussion about that shit right now.
for the most part, the rap community hasn't been feeling the new wave of rappers coming along as well as the new music. folks are really appreciating the shit that has came out 20 years ago or even 10, 15 years ago. that's why everybody is taking it back to the 90s. shit is getting deep because eminem is doing a mmlp part 2. raekwon done started some shit. jay did it first blueprint 2 BUT rae made that shit popular with ob4cl2. got everyone trying to do part 2's now.
It is really hard to believe that a male rapper would even be this gay-friendly and succesful. I guess it is far more plausible to say that everything Macklemore and Ryan stand for is simply an act, they dont really believe a single word that comes out of their mouths. Their powerful heart feeling performances are fake as well, they're just that good at it. Mary Lambert is also pretty dumb if she didnt notice that everything is a fake, so is Jennifer Hudson, bitch is so clueless...actually I think she may be part of this shit too. Well my deep appreciations and support to the marketing team that fabricated Macklemore, I love them for what they're doing and thanks for forcing him and Ryan to speak out for gay rights, you guys rock and will always be loved even if I dont know your names, keep fabricating more artists like these PLEASE.