by Jordyn Price
On Oct. 18, Seattle based hip-hop artist Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis performed at The Knitting Factory to a sold-out crowd of fans covered in sequins, fur coats and a whole lot of sweat.
The empty stage teased the anxious crowd, but as soon as the first sound of “10,000 Hours” began to play, the energy went through the roof—and that’s where it stayed for the rest of the night. With everything from confetti and gold capes to songs about unicorns and having a "really, really, really good time," there’s no doubt that Macklemore and Lewis know how to throw a damn good party.
But for all the songs that make you want to shake your booty, Macklemore has an endless list of songs full of sincerity and passion, with lyrics strung together in a way that make it impossible not to feel something.
Possibly the rawest moment of the evening was when Macklemore sat down, dripping in sweat, and began singing the words, “When I was in the third grade, I thought that I was gay.” Without missing a beat, the entire audience sang along to the melodic song “Same Love,” which as he noted, states the simple fact that no matter what the government and different religions may say, love is love.
Cadillacs, Nikes, drug abuse, death, passion, Irish beer—Macklemore covered all of it in his performance. Macklemore took his final stage dive into the crowd, we knew that it was over. Exhausted, sore and sweaty, it felt like we got into a fight with the music, and as always, the music won.