Le1f Responds to Macklemore’s “Same Love” Success

le1ff Le1f Responds to Macklemores Same Love Success

Le1f is a New York rapper/producer. He is openly gay, and after Macklemore took home two awards at the Video Music Awards—Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Video With a Social Message—Le1f had a few things to say. For those unaware, “Same Love” is a song by Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. They are straight. The song is about legalizing same-sex marriage, and and was massively successful.

Here’s Leif’s take on it:

  • Fricktion

    You’re absolutely right, those are the biggest hits in that genre. I’m sorry for assuming you were talking rap, I was basing that on the fact that this whole discussion pertains to two rap artists. I’m fully aware that the biggest consumers of rap music are white and that it’s been that way since the NWA days. I think the consumer, the industry that backs these artists, and the artists themselves are all to blame for what is propagated in the mainstream.

  • Fricktion

    Yes, that’s absolutely the case. My point was only that being white isn’t necessarily a prerequisite to having a hit. I was not speaking on the content of those hits. The only reason I assumed rap hit is that this whole discussion pertains to two rappers. I’m well aware that most of rap’s consumers are white, as has been the case since the NWA days. The consumer definitely plays a large role in supporting this sort of ridiculous, negative content, but the listener shares that blame with the industry behind the artists and the artists themselves.

  • Fricktion

    I agree. As a straight, white male, it is impossible for Macklemore to completely understand the struggle of Le1f or anyone else who is a minority in our society. However, his attempt to do so and his speaking out on the matter in whatever way he can is better than silence, or better yet than all the rappers (mainstream and underground alike) that use words like “faggot” as a punch line. “Same Love” isn’t perfect, but it’s better than nothing and as a rapper, writing a song about marriage equality isn’t exactly hopping on the current trend at the moment.

  • Fricktion

    First and foremost Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are musicians. That is their career. I agree that a full-time activist is more beneficial than a part-time one, but not everyone who believes in a cause is going to dedicate themselves to it. I work in an office 40 hours a week. I do my best to support the causes I believe in, but I guess I’m a part-time activist. Does that make me showy and indulgent?

  • Val

    It sounds more like jealousy to me. Macklemore has always put out songs with a social message. At first I felt the same way, but it is still rare for LGBTQ artists to speak honestly about their sexuality. So often they’ve commented in such vague round about ways. As someone who did struggle with sexuality, I think it helps to see others who aren’t the same fight for LGBTQ rights….I feel like ultimately it’s a step towards progress. The issue goes so much deeper than some hater rants.

  • Coleman

    If only all these people knew macklemore before he got big. If only they where at his small venues that hardly anyone else went. Then they would truly appreciate that man. They could see how hard he worked. Realise that yes he has talked about this hip hop ego issue. Cause that’s what this is about. Someone’s ego is hurt. Listen to macklemores song called ego from his first album the language of my world it explains everything. And from one fag to next leif or whatever that rappers name is. He is just a ranting queen on her high horse.

  • ErikSlajus

    I’m not saying white cis people should be barred from a public discussion about GSM issues but in the US white gay cis males dominant the media landscape when it comes to people talking about LGBT and Gay rights.

    I’m white, cisgender, and male.

  • Mike

    Why does he have to discuss Macklemore’s race? This is black privilege…If a white man unnecessarily mentioned a black guy’s race, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be all over it.

  • Just A Man

    A.K.A, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis got lucky. It’s all luck mixed with hard work, and trust me, Le1f is working hard.

  • http://www.aboveandbeyondmag.com myslead

    you are oblivious to the reference.

    well done you dick head.

  • ∆ O§ɨRɨ§ ∆

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JErUzr8GSvU Watch! This was right before Macklemore was in everyone’s mouth, so I’ve come to respect him from this docu

  • Eileen

    It’s not that le1f is too gay for america, his music is just too unpleasant to listen to. macklemore is successful because his music is actually appealing. not because he’s straight

  • Koury Clark

    Le1f is a g. I’m straight. Le1f is q g.

  • http://www.clichegames.com Anthony

    why not both?

  • http://www.clichegames.com Anthony

    I think it’d be much less of an issue if macklemore did so without lifting music from le1f or acknowledged le1f somehow perhaps?