LYRICAL GEM NO.8 – “Make The Money” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

I had to get my picture taken last May, a professional headshot for the website I wrote for work.  Right before I hopped into the car to head to the photographers house in the country for the shoot, I was searching on iTunes and Spotify like mad to find new music.  I’m like that – I’ll listen to the same music over and over and over again for months, and then one day, I just have to have new music like, ASAP!!

So anyways, I was searching the top 100 charts and all that sort of thing, and I came across “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and listened and was intrigued.  I fell in love.  And then I listened to some other songs and fell deeper in love until I just ended up purchasing the entire album on iTunes for the drive out, which is very rare of me to do.  See I never hardly ever purchase entire albums, usually just a song here and there from all kinds of different artists, so it was really quite out of the ordinary that this particular day back in May, I just up and bought this whole album called “The Heist”.  But I did, and I listened to Same Love on repeat the entire hour long drive out into the country, and was really annoyed by this high pitched sound that shot in every time the song ended if I didn’t not catch it in time.  I don’t know if it was that day or another, but sometime soon thereafter, I finally actually listened to the song on the album following Same Love.  It’s called Make The Money.  It was what made me decide that I’m going for this book.  I’ve been through too much not to go for it.  But this song sealed the deal…it goes like this:

~

Now, this is my job, I will not quit it

Pulled me out the depths when I thought that I was finished

Yeah I questioned if I could go the distance

But that’s just the work, regardless of who’s listening, listening

Listen, see I was meant to be a warrior

Fight something amongst me, leave here victorious

Classroom of kids or a venue performing

If I’d done it for the money I’d’ve been a fucking lawyer

Concerete, vagabond, van telling stories

Humbled by the road, I’m realizing I’m not important

See life’s a beautiful struggle, I record it

Hope it helps you maneuvering through yours and

That’s why we stay in the lab at night

I’ve been staring into this pad for over half my life

A true artist won’t be satisfied

So I guess that’s the Sacrifice

And I say…

Make the money, don’t let the money make you

Change the game, don’t let the game change you

I’ll forever remain faithful

All my people stay true

I say…

Make the money, don’t let the money make you

Change the game, don’t let the game change you

I’ll forever remain faithful

All my people stay true

Forget about the fame, fortune and the mansion

Sitting and tripping watching myself on a plasma

Yeah, I start slipping when I’m thinking about that stuff

Ego once swollen till karma catches that up, that up

I’m my grandma’s number one grandson

I lost myself to remember who that was

We start thinking about some kicks, a necklace

What I really need is a job off Craig’s List

Take away the dot com, name, love, fans, twitter followers and the buzz

See, you keep the issues but you take away the drugs

And I had to find out who I really was

And who I really wasn’t

So sick of who I was becoming

Yeah, tired of running

Time to look at the man in the mirror until I can learn to love him

Make the money, don’t let the money make you

Change the game, don’t let the game change you

I’ll forever remain faithful

All my people stay true

I said…

Make the money, don’t let the money make you

Change the game, don’t let the game change you

I’ll forever remain faithful

All my people stay true

Of course I want dubs and candy painted ‘lac

Watch the videos and get the girls in the back

But if that’s what I believe in, and the reason that I rap

Uncle Same is my pimp when he puts me on the track

Of course I want dubs and candy painted ‘lac

Watch the videos and get the girls in the back

But if that’s what I believe in, and the reason that I rap

Uncle Same is my pimp when he puts me on the track

Make the money, don’t let the money make you

Change the game, don’t let the game change you

I’ll forever remain faithful

Stay true, stay true

And I said…

Make the money, don’t let the money make you

Change the game, don’t let the game change you

I’ll forever remain faithful

Stay true, stay true, stay true

Forget about the fame

I said forget about the fame

I’ll forever remain faithful

Stay true, stay true, stay true

~ Make the Money, By Macklemore ~

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