Macklemore recently put on for the old school with his new single/video combo in “Downtown,” which featured pioneering MCs, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz.
Naturally, as with all things Macklemore-related these days, the move was met with scrutiny and accusations of the Grammy Award-winning star attempt to latch on to a Hip-Hop period that was pure gold to obtain credibility.
Although said points may weigh in some validity, the legendary Smooth Operator himself–Big Daddy Kane, is defending the “Thrift Shop” artist for everything he’s doing for the culture in 2015.
In a recent Instagram rant following the MTV VMAs, Big Daddy Kane outlined his stance on the subject, loud and clear.
“REAL TALK!!! I don’t see one artist in the game that put Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee or Grandmaster Caz on their new song or let them perform on the VMA’s (Including Me) but people wanna have a problem with @macklemore for paying homage to them?,” he wrote. “We don’t acknowledge our own & get mad when another color does. Now if one of them passes, then we wanna post shit about them, say RIP & get t-shirts with their picture. FOH!!!!!!! Learn about your history & preserve it now. If not, SHUT THE F*CK UP!!! To me this is about real pioneers getting recognition in today’s society.”
A co-sign of this magnitude doesn’t come around often so naysayers should take notice. Also, “Downtown” has been steadily climbing the Billboard Charts since its debut.
The video for Macklemore’s “Downtown” can be found in the Daily Visuals for August 27.