A rapper promoting frugality?
Telling people to buy used instead of new?
Yes, this is Macklemore, aka. Ben Haggerty, a homegrown, self-made rapper from my beloved city of Seattle, who sings about shopping at the Goodwill in his chart-busting single, “Thrift Shop.” Not only that but he and his producer Ryan Lewis made it big without a record label, a contract or an agent.
As the song goes, “This is f**cking awesome.”
Macklemore, I hope you’re able to hold onto your frugal, down-to-earth ways as you ride the waves of stardom.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll see you at the next Goodwill Glitter Sale.
NOTE: If you’re offended by swearing, do not watch this video.
JAN 2014 UPDATE: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis win 4 Grammys including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song (with Michael “Wanz” Wansley) and Best Rap Performance for “Thrift Shop.” Congrats to two of Seattle’s best!