Did Macklemore jack Wizzie’s album concept, or what’s the damn thing? This shit is kinda tabloid, cuz it’s intel I swooped from a facebook thread, but I will present the facts, as I know them. Fact number one: These cats have been chums since back in the day. I don’t know which early Macklemeezie cuts are produced by the God, cuz I only fucks with Thrift Shop, Can’t Hold Us, and White Walls, but these songs must exist somewhere. Fact number two: When there was an opportunity where studio gear was needed for a commercial, Macklemore arranged for it to be rented it from Wizdumb. Props. Fact number three, and it’s a doozy: Wizdumb’s “Shadows” came out in 2017 and Macklemore’s “Shadow” came out in 2019. Conclusion? Best case scenario is they lost touch and it’s just a weird coincidence. Occam’s Razor says this is the case, but why does it feel so greasy? I’ll admit I get territorial of my samples, like, if I sampled it first, no one else gets to sample it. Then I find 100 songs, within the crew, that use my shit (I’m looking at you Jesus. Garth.). I get butt hurt, because I know that either they never listened to my album in the first place, or they did and were like, “Yeah, but I’m gonna use that anyway.” There’s also the worst case scenario, where peeps see your genius idea, concept, sample, what-have-you, and just straight jack it. Yo, doing that shit is crazy. You gonna wind up in a straight jacket. There was this one cat that rolled through with Ben Durazzo (AKA, the God #2) who had flow and crazy cocaine eyes who turned out to be a biter. I’m trying to think. His name was…Task 1ne! For the full scoop on that shit: https://www.complex.com/music/2015/04/task1n3-largest-scale-rhyme-theft
The official scoop from Wiz-dango is that it was just a funny misunderstanding. Him and Mack still get lattes and shit, or whatever it is famous Seattle rappers do. Word on the street is that Macklemore is keeping it real, staying down to Earth, not letting the fame ruin him. Sometimes, I gotta check myself when I start talking shit; like, what’s really going on inside the pinkish-grey folds that I call a brain? Rappers get catty. The real important issue here, the nitty in the gritty, is that Washington is still off the radar in the hip-hop world. Whenever one of our own succeeds, it’s a battle won for the entire community, and I think it’s worth pointing out that many of the Seattle artists who are getting this national attention (Shabazz Palaces, Thee Satisfaction, The Blue Scholars, etc.) are kind, socially-aware people as well as being innovative, talented creators. It always makes me proud to live where I live.