Macklemore Reflects on His Struggle With Addiction in 'Drug Dealer' Video
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.
"Drug Dealer" isn't the first offering where Macklemore comes to grips with his past. In tandem with Ryan Lewis, he released the emotional track "Kevin" off his sophomore effort The Unruly Mess I've Made based on the real-life pal who died from an overdose.
Watch the video for "Drug Dealer' below: