Macklemore wakes up after Election Day with a “bad taste in [his] mouth,” but determined to fight for social justice, on his resolute new single “Wednesday Morning.” “Humanity is a privilege; we can’t give in/ When they build walls, we’ll build bridges,” he croons in a soulful, auto-tuned cadence. “This is resistance; we’re resilient/ When they spread hate, we shine brilliant; march by the millions.”
Over tranquil piano chords, the rapper addresses the immediate fear he felt after the U.S. presidential election: “Imagine tryin’ to keep your head while your daughter sleeps in bed/ When she wakes up, will the world be the same?/ Will my girl be afraid in the home of the brave?” But he finds courage as the track continues, promising, “I’m not moving to Canada, not fleeing the nation,” and touching on issues like sexual and religious freedom.
“This isn’t the apocalypse,” he promises. “We can’t address the hate ’til we acknowledge it/ If Jesus was alive, would he let Muhammad in?”
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Macklemore’s frequent collaborator Josh “Budo” Karp produced “Wednesday Morning,” their second team-up this fall following the emotional ballad “Drug Dealer.” Macklemore performed the track, a brutally honest examination of drug addiction, Thursday on The Tonight Show.
Macklemore and longtime producer Ryan Lewis wrote “Drug Dealer” for MTV documentary Prescription for Change: Ending America’s Opioid Crisis, which found the rapper discussing opioid addition with President Obama.