Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Name-Drop Prince, More Late Celebs on Emotive New Track 'Drug Dealer'

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Fresh off the MTV Docs special Prescription for Change: Ending America's Opioid Crisis -- in which Macklemore and President Obama discussed substance abuse and America's opioid epidemic -- the rapper released his latest song "Drug Dealer." The track, featuring producer Ryan Lewis and vocalist Ariana DeBoo, arrived Tuesday (Oct. 11), though its content largely looks to the past.

"That's Prince, Michael and Whitney/ That's Amy, Ledger and Pimp C/ That's Yams that's DJ AM/ God damn, they're making a killing," Macklemore raps, referencing only a handful of drug-related deaths over the years. The track continues to call out pharmaceutical companies and Congress for contributing to the growing and never-ending cash cycle.


Considering Macklemore's own history with substance abuse, the song's narrative comes through even stronger as it plays out like a first-person account at times. Macklemore and Lewis have written about this topic in the past on "Kevin," which featured Leon Bridges. As a result of the stripped-down production, the lyrics are able to come through clearly as the exhaustion and rage can be heard on each chilling verse.

Give it a listen below.