Macklemore and his cohort, Ryan Lewis, are not the only two in the world who love to sing about things that are tacky and cheap, as Macklemore discovered when he made his way to Sesame Street on Monday and had help singing and Muppetfying a version of his hit song, Thrift Shop, from Oscar the Grouch and two of his Grouch buddies. The version that Macklemore sang with his new Grouch bros was toned-down from the 2012 original, with the expletives removed as well as a reference to singer R. Kelly using an underage girl as a urinal.
In the capable hands, or…paws of Oscar and his peeps, with Seattle rapper Macklemore leading them, Thrift Shop was turned into a G-rated song that few would find objectionable. Oscar sang that he was “gonna pop some trash,” and added that he only had “seven bags in my trash can.”
“One Grouch’s trash is another Grouch’s outfit,” Macklemore joined in. In the short video, he even has his own honorary trash can to hunker down in.
In the toned-down, Sesame Street version of Thrift Shop, the length of the song has been cut to just 90 seconds. Oscar and his two Grouch pals demonstrate that they have street cred — that is, Sesame Street cred — with their performance. The altered lyrics celebrate everything that is “gross and awesome.” Click on the video below, to see it!
Towards the end of 2014, Macklemore expressed his solidarity with the protesters who marched following the grand jury decisions not to indict police officers following the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. He marched in the protest that temporarily shut down Seattle’s Interstate 5. He said he took part in the march, not for himself, but for “Mike Brown.”
When Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, was interviewed toward the end of 2014 by New York City radio station Hot 97, he said that the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner “has brought attention to the injustices that have been plaguing America since the [beginning].”
Macklemore sang about injustice in Same Love, also, though a different kind of injustice, with lines like “We’ve become so numb to what we’re saying/Our culture founded from oppression.”
One of the lines that Macklemore changed was originally “This is f*****g awesome.” He changed the lyrics to “This is gross and awesome.”
Haggerty and Tricia Davis, his fiancee, confirmed rumors via YouTube just this past week that Davis is pregnant with their first child together. He has been a proponent for standing up for the rights of others since at least the beginning of his singing career. Wearing his heart on his sleeve and rapping about inequalities and injustices that still exist in America has endeared Macklemore to his many fans in the United States and around the world.
The rapper took the time out of his busy schedule to head to Sesame Street and have a sing along with his new-found Muppet friends, Oscar the Grouch and Oscar’s two Grouch friends. The result was the musical gem that celebrates everything cheap and trashy, an ode to the Grouch lifestyle.
Written By Douglas Cobb
Macklemore and Oscar the Grouch sing Thrift Shop