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Riff: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Can’t Hold Us”

Sep 17, 2013

Little bit of humble, little bit of cautious/Somewhere between like Rocky and Cosby/Sweater gang, nope, nope y’all can’t copy/Yup. Bad, moon walking, this here is our party, my posse’s been on Broadway

from Can't Hold Us lyrics by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Mack works his walking loveable-and-obnoxious paradox in “Can’t Hold Us,” with Kidz-Bop-friendly radio domination shifting him towards the latter. As a Seattleite, I love his veto over the song’s use in OKC Thunder games, but oxymoronic bragging about his humility reveals self-righteous narcissism.

Riff by Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.

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