Ever wonder what Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” video would sound and look like if the song was never dubbed over the footage? If you said yes, then you’re in luck as CollegeHumourdid the work for you!
Truthfully, it doesn’t SOUND half bad. It just looks slightly awkward when Macklmore is running through a thrift shop in slow motion without music to give it affect.
On a side note, it never ceases to amaze me how a song about thrift shopping has exploded the way “Thrift Shop” has. It’s kind of incredible.
When it comes to hip hop covers, often than not you’re left thinking “why would they even attempt covering THAT song!?” But then there are those that cause you to begin dancing around your room with excitement.
But what’s most surprising is when those covers are done by non-hip hop artists. I don’t know if it’s the initial shock of “oh my god, this actually sounds good,” or the weird juxtaposition of when the song is done in another genre entirely. The bottom line, though, is that they’re good and all we want to do is listen to them.
Here are 10 of the best hip hop covers from non-hip hop artists.
Ed Sheeran and Passenger — “No Diggity / Thrift Shop”
A pretty recent cover comes from music’s most soulful ginger, Ed Sheeran, who teamed up with Passenger’s Mike Rosenberg during a recent visit to Australian radio to give us an amazing mash up of Blackstreet’s 90′s hit “No Diggity” and Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.”
Ed Sheeran — “Empire State of Mind”
Ed Sheeran makes another appearance on this list with his cover of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State” of Mind for BBC Radio 1. Ed can do no wrong, so it’s no surprise that this cover (like everything he does) is nothing short of perfection.
While on a recent visit to Australia’s Fifi & Jules, Ed Sheeran partnered up with Passenger to create this unbelievable mash up of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” and Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.”
This is a much watch because it’s is just kind of amazing. Scratch that— it’s really amazing.
If you thought the original Thrift Shop video by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis was awesome, then prepare to be amazed.
Interpreting the song through MSPaint, YouTuber LiteralMSPaint has recreated his own music video for the song via low-budget stick figures and hilarious references and puns.
I’m trying really hard to say something witty about this video, but nothing comes to mind. The video speaks for itself, so prepare to laugh and be impressed!!
As it is, I’m pretty obsessed with Pentatonix as evidence by this, this and especially this. When you combine the Texas a capella group with another one of my obsessions, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ “Thrift Shop” it’s like “WHAT IS MY LIFE?”
I’m pretty obsessed with their arrangement, which replaces the strong back beat with Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan’s sick beatboxing. Meanwhile, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying and Kirstie Maldonado rocked the fast-paced vocals.
The group also had a special announcement: They’re going on tour again, starting in late January. Find more about their shows and how to get tickets here.
Watch it here
It was only a matter of time for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ hit “Thrift Shop” to get its very own parody. SteveBerkeComedy‘s “Pot Shop” parody is all about hitting up your local dealer for some $20 weed. Written and performed by Steve Berke, featuring Sexy Sax Man, Towelie, and David King Cain, the parody is topical as well as hilarious.
Along with consulting opthamologist Linda Kaplan about the use of medical marijuana for glaucoma they go into the corruption of the pharmaceutical industry and the government.
The best part is the ending because a very special rapper (you know WHO) makes a surprise appearance in the video. Do you think pot should be legalized?
Watch it here
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ new touching video for “Same Love” chronicles the life of a gay man from his birth to his marriage to his death. The seven-minute video was created in support of marriage equality and literally makes me want to bawl (in a good way).
The beautiful video, which was directed by Ryan Lewis, Jon Jon Augustavo and Tricia Davis, encourages love and acceptance over hatred. It’s a strong, goosebump-worthy message that everyone needs to see. It’s especially pertinent in the rap industry, where homophobia is commmon.
The song features singer Mary Lambert and will be on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ debut album The Heist, out on Oct. 9.
They write on YouTube: “We support civil rights, and hope WA State voters will APPROVE REF 74 and legalize marriage equality.” You can visit Music For Marriage Equality for more information.
Watch it here:
I’m a seasoned thrift shopper so I’m relieved to finally have a theme song to go with my monthly hunts. Seattle rappers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis talk about scouting flannel zebra PJs and finding a f*cking awesome outfit for $20 that once belonged to a grandpa, in their new video “Thrift Shop” (ft. Wanz). Score!
In the video, the guys hit up the local secondhand store, shop for novelty items and try on a bunch of dramatic outfits (including tropical shirts and fox fur coats). Their best find? Clearly the dog vest he dons around 1:10. That never goes out of style.
Watch it below: