They say, "It's so refreshing to hear somebody on records
No guns, no drugs, no sex, just truth"
The guns that's America, the drugs are what they gave to us
And sex sells itself, don't judge 'til it's you
He is commenting on how people view rap about guns, drugs, and sex as worse than conscious rap. However, all the supposed negative aspects of rap music are byproducts of society, not of rap.
People complain about talk of guns, yet America’s history is deeply connected to the right to keep (legally) firearms.
The subject of drugs is considered immoral yet it is a well documented fact that president Ronald Reagan and his administration facilitated the smuggling of drugs into our country and specifically into the ghettos and urban areas.
Finally, Mack concludes that the subject of sex is not intentionally included on songs to sell records, but simply a large part of the human psyche and therefore an unavoidable subject in a society based on free speech.
Also, he often is praised (which he feels wrongfully) by the media for apparently not including these topics in his music. Macklemore dismisses them because he knows he’s not the first to speak about these issues and he feels as if those people are downplaying other rappers before him for speaking out as well.
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