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Hip-Hop’s Macklemore x Ryan Lewis Release Beautiful Video for “Same Love”

This post comes from HRC Editorial and Digital Media Intern Leanne Naramore:

Rising hip-hop duo Macklemore x Ryan Lewis released the official visuals for their pro-equality song “Same Love” yesterday.

The song declares support for human equality and addresses hip-hop’s relationship with LGBT people, bullying, equal marriage rights, and the beauty of LGBT love and relationships.

“If I was gay / I would think hip-hop hates me / Have you read the YouTube comments lately?  / "Man, that's gay" / Gets dropped on the daily / We've become so numb to what we're sayin' / …I might not be the same / But that's not important / No freedom 'til we're equal / Damn right I support it.”

Given that the duo’s key audience demographic lies with high school and college students, the release of this video a month away from the election aims to encourage young Americans to vote for equality.

Macklemore, a Seattle native, recorded the song in conjunction with Music for Marriage Equality. MME is a project of Washington United for Marriage, the campaign working to approve Referendum 74 this fall, which would allow same-sex couples to marry. The video encourages viewers to vote to “support marriage equality: approve Ref. 74.”

The song features vocals from Mary Lambert and comes from Macklemore x Ryan Lewis’ forthcoming album, The Heist. The proceeds from the song’s sales on iTunes go directly to Music for Marriage Equality, which has received over $16,000 so far.

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