This is one of those songs that gets all up in ya! You can’t help yourself, so you let it have its way with you. And you’re fully satisfied yet left wanting more.
When “Thrift Shop” first started attracting attention I was just getting into what I considered sort of novelty songs, like the funny shit by LMFAO and Psy. Nothing wrong with any of them, because I have played their songs a million times. But they’re not exactly deep, meaningful songs. Not that they have to be. They are fun and catchy and exactly what you need to get the party started. We need that sort of music.
I watched the “Thrift Shop” video and thought it was okay. It didn’t grab me right away like “Sexy and I Know It” or “Gangnam Style.” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were on Saturday Night Live a few months later, but the sound wasn’t so great—not their fault. Sometime after that, I suddenly became obsessed with “Thrift Shop,” and I haven’t looked back.
I’m gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I-I-I’m huntin’, lookin’ for a come-up,
This is fucking awesome
Not only has the song grown on me—I mean, I’ll listen to it 20 to 30 times in a row—but I really dig Macklemore as a person. I read a Rolling Stone interview with him where he talked about his sobriety. That impressed me. He seems like a chill dude, someone who has some perspective on life and acknowledges his flaws. I like that. The fact that he loves the gays means a lot to me as well, because I cannot resist a straight guy who supports my gays! And I don’t think he’s a one-hit wonder. And he’s not an Eminem rip-off. He’s a white boy who can really spit some rhymes, and think he’s going to be around for a while.
I listened to the song more, watched the video a few more times, and I finally got it. It’s really hilarious! He’s talking about what a pimp he is in his thrift shop clothes, and he’s callin’ out those douchebags who buy designer clothes—yo, that’s fifty dollars for a t-shirt—to try to get girls. That’s some ignorant bitch shit!
I wear your granddad’s clothes
I look incredible
I’m in this big-ass coat
From that thrift shop down the road
It’s not the clothes that make the man; it’s the man who wear the clothes and how he handles his business. And I wouldn’t mind Macklemore and Ryan Lewis handling my business while wearing those flannel zebra jammies. They’ll rock this muthafucka!