After sitting down with President Barack Obama for the MTV documentary Prescription for Change: Ending America's Opioid Crisis earlier this month, Macklemore recalls his past struggles with substance abuse in the reflective visual for "Drug Dealer."
The Jason Koenig-directed visual finds the Seattle rapper sitting on the floor of a shower, soaked, while reciting heavy lines like: "And we dancin' to a song about our face goin' numb/ But I seen homies turn grey, noses draining blood/ I could've been gone, out 30s, faded in that tub." He also re-creates darker times in the clip, where he's seen passed out on a mattress surrounded by drugs.
Macklemore also references musical greats who have died, rapping, "That's Prince, Michael and Whitney, that's Amy, Ledger and Pimp C/ That's Yams, that's DJ A.M./ Goddamn they're making a killing." Collaborator Ariana Deboo also makes an appearance, singing while swimming in a sea of pills.