Listen To Macklemore And Ryan Lewis Critique Big Pharma On New Song "Drug Dealer"
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:03:09
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have released a new song, "Drug Dealer". It features vocals from Ariana DeBoo and co-production from Joshua "Budo" Karp. The track acts as critique of Big Pharma and society's ongoing struggle with substance abuse and addiction.
"Drug Dealer" opens up with Macklemore discussing the drug and alcohol related deaths of many prominent musicians, including Price, Whitney Houston, and Amy Winehouse. Then moves into DeBoos' chorus, "He said that he would heal me, heal me/ But he only gave me problems, problems/ My drug dealer was a doctor, doctor/ Had the plug from Big Pharma, Pharma/ I think he trying to kill me, kill me / He tried to kill me for a dollar, dollar"
Macklemore also delves into his own battle with addiction, "Four horseman, they won't let me forget/ I wanna forge a prescription, cause doctor I need some more of it/ When Morphine and heroine is more viewer budget/ I said I'd never use a needle, but sure, fuck it."
The song was released as part of the soundtrack for Macklemore's new documentary Prescription for Change: Ending America's Opioid Crisis, which premiered last night on MTV. It includes a segment where Macklemore discusses opioid addiction with President Barack Obama.
This is not a new line of talk for the Seattle rapper, Macklemore has touched on substance abuse and addiction before, most recently in "Kevin" from his most recent LP This Unruly Mess I've Made.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff