On some Malcolm Gladwell
David-Bowie-meets-Kanye shit

from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Ft. Macklemore) – Ten Thousand Hours Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Malcolm Gladwell is a writer who in 2005 was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Gladwell repeatedly mentions the “10,000 Hour Rule” in his book, Outliers. He uses it to claim that success in any field is a matter of practicing a specific skill for 10,000 hours.

David Bowie is a British musician known for his innovation, distinctive voice, as well as the intellectual depth, and considerable eclecticism of his work. Macklemore has also referred to himself and performed under the pseudonym Raven Bowie, particularly in the song “And We Danced”.

And we all know who Kanye is.

By using these three people (Gladwell, Bowie, West), Macklemore is referring to himself as a mixture of them. For instance, Gladwell’s dedication, Bowie’s intellectual depth, and kanye’s rapping style. These characteristics all come together to make the great style that is Macklemore.

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