It’s been a minute since we have heard anything from “Thrift Shop” rapper Macklemore.
But today, that long streak is over as he released his second solo album.
After weeks of promotion, the full album has finally been released on Apple music. However, for the first time since 2005, his longtime producer Ryan Lewis is not on the project.
“Gemini” a 16 track album does, however, feature some major names like Skylar Grey on the project’s lead single “Glorious,” Lil Yatchy on “Marmalade,” Kesha on “Good Old Days,” Offset on “Willy Wonka,” and Xperience on “Church.”
“It’s not extremely politically motivated or heavily subject- or concept-oriented. I think it’s mostly the music that I wanted to hear. It’s the music that I wanted to go get into my car and listen to. I wanted it to be fun.” Macklemore says.
“A lot of people have asked me, “So with all this stuff going on in the world right now, you must’ve had a lot a to write about.” And my answer is “no.” I think at this point if you’re rooting for Donald Trump in any capacity, you are supporting a bigot and a racist and I question your own bigotry and your own racism. I don’t need to go and preach to the choir anymore. Everybody knows what’s going on. I’m not gonna sway somebody at this point. … I believe that music can be a form of resistance without having to hit the nail on the head in terms of subject matter. It can be something that uplifts, that makes you dance, that makes you cry, that makes you think. But I didn’t feel like I needed to go super in-depth with the politics. It was just not where my heart was at. It felt contrived at the moment, and I stayed away from it.”
Stream the full album below and let us know what you think!