Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have released a monster of a video for their huge hit Can’t Hold Us, the follow up to the duo’s infectious track, Thrift Shop. Shot on six continents, Macklemore and Lewis are joined by their band and vocalist Ray Dalton as they travel the globe and spread the word on their 2012 album, The Heist.
Shot over 16 days, the video includes everything from a party on a pirate ship to Macklemore running through the wilderness while wearing a wolf head. The awe-inspiring scenes, including a frat party and a performance on top of a skyscraper, could easily have been made into music videos on their own.
The video ends with a flag showing the words The Heist, which also doubles as the items connecting all the seemingly unrelated scenes, flying high on top of the Seattle Space Needle, a shout out the band’s hometown.
Ryan Lewis, Macklemore and Ray Dalton have been busy promoting Can’t Hold Us, the second single from The Heist, playing Saturday Night Live in March and performing at this past weekend’s MTV Movie Awards.
With the amazing news that gay marriage has become legalized in three more states in the US this week, including Washington, Maine and Maryland, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ video for Same Love, showing one man’s journey of coming out, couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
In Same Love, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis put story telling to music, talking about everything from parents to religion to laws and how they all affect one’s view of themselves as gay. Rapping the lines “When kids aren’t walking around the hallway, plagued by pain in their heart from a world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are. And a certificate on paper ain’t gonna solve it all, but it’s a damn good place to start” the duo dream of a world when sexual orientation no longer defines individuals.
Mary Lambert’s addition to the song with her sweet chorus keeps the heavy subject matter accessible to a wider audience, which is especially important for not only an amazing song, but one with a message that cannot be silenced.