OK, maybe that’s overstating it a bit, but that’s the headline/thesis that Grist Editor Jess Zimmerman proposes in his short article about Seattle rapper Macklemore, and I gotta admit I like his thinking…
In this video for the Nature Conservancy, rapper Macklemore explains how municipal green space in his home city of Seattle influenced his career: He and his friends didn’t want to kick it at their parents’ houses, so they went and freestyled in parks. (Side note: Do people really still say “kick it,” or is Macklemore even older than I am?) We knew, of course, that Macklemore was into creative reuse, but who knew he had so many ideas about urban infrastructure?
The moral here is clear: Want more rappers? Make more parks. It’s just science.
I also love the fact that a hip hop artist is “kicking it” with the Nature Conservancy.
Do you know of any other artists who got their start playing in parks, beaches, or other urban green spaces? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
- Macklemore credits Seattle’s park system with launching his rap career (grist.org)
- Macklemore, Ryan Lewis join Nature Conservancy’s ‘All Hands on Earth’ (king5.com)