Seattle-based rapper Macklemore knows firsthand the tragic consequences drugs can have on a person’s life. Now in recovery, Macklemore has dropped a new track “Drug Dealer” along with singer Ariana Deboo, but he isn’t talking about people selling narcotics on the street—his aim is towards Big Pharma.
Not holding back, Macklemore attacks the medical community and their overprescribing of painkillers, also denouncing the legal system’s lack of prosecution in cases of prescription pills leading to death.
Macklemore touches on the glamorization of drugs, notably The Weeknd’s huge 2015 single “Can’t Feel My Face,” rapping, “And we dancing to a song about our face gone numb / But I seen homies turn grey, noses drained in blood / I could have been gone.”
Macklemore also name checks a number of artists from the long list of famous faces who have lost their lives to drugs, including Prince, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger, DJ AM and more.
“Drug Dealer” isn’t the first time Macklemore has shared his struggle with drug addiction in his music. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ 2010 track “Otherside” chronicles Macklemore’s introduction to alcohol and drugs, while 2016’s “Kevin” featuring Leon Bridges was an ode to Macklemore’s late friend who lost his life to drugs. The same track, which was featured on the group’s sophomore album This Unruly Mess I’ve Made also takes aim at Big Pharma, criticizing drug companies for getting patients hooked on painkillers.
Macklemore is set to return to the WE Day stage in Toronto and share his music and message of positivity of hopefulness later this month. WE Day will stream live at 9:15 a.m. ET on October 19 at www.mtv.ca. WE Day Toronto will also be taped for a special broadcast premiering Monday, November 28 at 11 p.m. ET on MTV and Much, with a special encore presentation on Saturday, December 10 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.