Songs detailing his personal struggle
Imagine being one of the biggest artists in the world? The amount of pressure and stress that comes with that is something that’s hard to adjust to. Macklemore has fought addiction for many years, but soon after meeting success, he relapsed. He wasn’t shy about detailing it in his cover story for Complex Magazine last summer.
“I held it together for a while, but, eventually, I stopped going to my 12-step meetings. I was burnt out. I was super-stressed. We weren’t sleeping—doing a show every day, zigzagging all over the country. In terms of the media I was getting put into a box that I never saw for myself. The pressure and the fame—everything. All the clichés, man—like not being able to walk around, having no privacy, and from this TV appearance to this TV appearance, and the criticism, and the lack of connection, and the lack of meetings—all of that put into one pie was just…I just wanted to escape.”
We already heard Mack make a song about his newborn daughter (“Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)”), but he hasn’t addressed his recent relapse. It seems possible we’ll hear about it as he’s done on songs like “Otherside” and “Starting Over.” Will it have the same impact as the other two, though?