It wasn’t too long ago that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis gave America a heads-up of the country’s prescription drug problem with the song ‘Kevin‘. In that song he told the story of a 21 year-old kid whose life was cut short by an oxytocin addiction, laying the blame at the feet of the big pharmaceutical companies and the country’s indifferent leadership. Seven months later Macklemore is back preaching the same message on a new song titled ‘Drug Dealer’.
The tune, co-produced by Macklemore himself, has the same gospel/soul vibe, introduced by choral humming and melancholic piano strokes. Mac jumps right into the heart of the matter from the first verse, rapping about how his homie was done in by drugs supplied by a company that has paid off the politicians so they can keep making money while lives are lost. He refers to the pharmaceutical companies as “murderers who will never face the judge” and blames them for the untimely deaths of Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and other legends. On the hook featured artist Ariana DeBoo sings, “My drug dealer was a doctor, doctor/ Had the plug from big pharma, pharma/ I think he trying to kill me, kill me/ Tried to kill me for a dollar, dollar”.
Macklemore has taken his war on prescription drugs beyond the walls of the studio; he went to the White House back in May to talk to President Obama about opioid addiction and the recent rise in overdose deaths.
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