Is Macklemore's 'Gemini' any good without Ryan Lewis? | The Tylt
Macklemore just released his second solo album "Gemini" without Ryan Lewis. Fans are calling the pop-rap album blended and lit, but some critics are saying something along the lines of "ehhhhhhhh, he needs Ryan." Vulture said, "Gemini, in dialing back some of the very qualities that made them household names, is bland. Macklemore without Ryan Lewis is like toast without jam: warm but sorta dry and lacking much-needed sweetness." What do you think? 🎤
Is Macklemore's 'Gemini' any good without Ryan Lewis?
While the song isn't the biggest commercial hit, fans are feeling Macklemore's "Glorious" and the rapper's solo direction. Macklemore is celebrating his success on the track, and fans would agree—he has every right to feel "glorious." Below are some significant lyrics to his sophomore effort's lead single, per Genius.
🎶 You know I'm back like I never left. Another sprint, another step, another day, another breath. Been chasing dreams, but I never slept. I got a new attitude and a lease on life. And some peace of mind.🎶
Check out the music video below.
Listen to "Gemini" below via Spotify.
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But Variety isn't feeling Macklemore as much without Ryan.
Gemini is a corrective to a corrective. After torpedoing Unruly Mess’s commercial prospects by pushing message ahead of music, Macklemore is back making songs that aim to sound good on the radio. The problem is that they’re playing ball with mainstream rap by cribbing specific ideas from it. As such, this album is pleasant but rarely gripping, timely but never trendsetting.
It’s paint-by-numbers pop-rap, and it’s a shame that a guy who’s passionate enough to make “Can’t Hold Us” and crazy enough to make “Downtown” should feel like genteel dad rap is the way forward. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis blew up because they brought lush pop sensibilities to underground hip-hop cadences and attitudes. Gemini, in dialing back some of the very qualities that made them household names, is bland. Macklemore without Ryan Lewis is like toast without jam: warm but sorta dry and lacking much-needed sweetness.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us" topped the Billboard Hot 100, nearly perfectly blending pop and rap. Below are some notable lyrics to the smash, per Genius.
🎶 Return of the Mack. Get 'em, what it is, what it does, what it is, what it isn't. Looking for a better way to get up out of bed. Instead of getting on the Internet. And checking a new hit me, get up. Thrift shop, pimp-strut walkin'.🎶
Watch the music video below.
Listen to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' commercially-successful album "The Heist" below via Spotify.
Even others are saying bring back Ryan.
Macklemores new album sucks. He needs Ryan Lewis.— PoetiCS (@prodbypoetics) September 22, 2017