Song of the Day: Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz

Thrift Shop” is a song by Seattle-based American rapper Macklemore and his producer Ryan Lewis. It was released as the fifth and final single from their collaborative debut studio album The Heist (2012) on August 28, 2012 and features vocals from Wanz.

Lyrics:

[Hook: Wanz]
I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I’m, I’m, I’m hunting, looking for a come up, this is fucking awesome

[Verse One: Macklemore]
Walk into the club like what up? I got a big cock
I’m just pumped up off some shit from the thrift shop
Ice on the fringe is so damn frosty
The people like “Damn, that’s a cold ass honky”
Rolling in hella deep, headed to the mezzanine
Dressed in all pink except my gator shoes, those are green
Draped in a leopard mink, girl standing next to me
Probably shoulda washed this, smells like R.Kelly sheets, piss
But shit, it was 99 cents, buy it, cop it and washing it
‘Bout to go and get some compliments, passing up on those moccasins
Someone else has been walking in, bummy and grudgy, fucking it
I am stunting and plus it is saving money and I’m hella happy
That’s a bargain bitch, I’mma take your grandpa style
I’mma take your grandpa style, no for real, ask your grandpa
Can I have his hand-me-downs? Velour jumpsuit and some house slippers
Dookie Brown leather jacket that I found digging
They had a broken keyboard, I bought a broken keyboard
I bought a skeet blanket, then I bought a knee board
Hello, hello, my ace man, my Miller
John Wayne ain’t got nothing on my fringe game, hell no
I could take some Pro Wings, make them cool, sell those
The sneaker heads would be like “Ah, he got the Velcros”

[Hook 2X]

[Verse Two: Macklemore]
What you know about rocking a wolf on your noggin?
What you knowing about wearing a fur fox skin?
I’m digging, I’m digging, I’m searching right through that luggage
One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come up
Thank your granddad for donating that plaid button up shirt
‘Cause right now, I’m up in here stunting
I’m at the Goodwill, you can find me in the Uptons
I’m that sucker, sucker searching in the section
Your grammy, your aunty, your momma, your mammy
I’ll take those flannel zebra jammies,
second hand and I’ll rock that motherfucker
They built a onsie with the socks on the motherfucker
I hit the party and they stop in that motherfucker
They be like “Oh that Gucci, that’s hella tight”
I’m like “Yo, that’s only fifty dollars for a t-shirt”
Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition
Fifty dollars for a t-shirt, that’s just some ignorant bitch shit
I call that getting swindled and pimped, shit
I call that getting tricked by business, that shirt’s hella dough
And having the same one as six other people in this club is a hella don’t
Peep game, come take a look through my telescope
Trying to get girls from a brand?
Then you hella won’t, then you hella won’t

[Hook]

[Bridge: Wanz]
I wear your granddad’s clothes, I look incredible
I’m in this big coat from that thrift shop down the road
I wear your granddad’s clothes, I look incredible
I’m in this big coat from that thrift shop down the road

[Hook]

……

Despite being released on Macklemore’s independent label, with distribution by ADA, the single was met with unexpected commercial success, peaking on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 1 while selling over 1 million copies in total, number 2 on the Canadian Hot 100 and reaching number 1 in Australia and New Zealand. The song is the first independently-distributed title to top the Billboard Digital Songs since “We Are the World 25 for Haiti” in February 2010. A music video was released to accompany the song’s release.

Lyrically, the song portrays Macklemore’s interest in purchasing cheap clothing from thrift shops, whilst disdaining designer labels and popular trends. He claims to enjoy donning “your grandad’s clothes,” in addition to buying something because “it was 99 cents,” regardless of its poor condition.

Macklemore

Birth name Ben Haggerty
Also known as Professor Macklemore
Born June 19, 1983 (age 29)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Origin Seattle, Washington
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, singer, MC, songwriter
Years active 2000–present
Labels Macklemore
Associated acts Ryan Lewis, Blue Scholars,Clyde McKnight, Debaser (rap group)
Website http://www.macklemore.com
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