Macklemore Talks Drug Abuse & First 'Drug Dealer' Performance at WE Day Toronto in Mini-Doc: Exclusive Premiere

Lacey Davey

Macklemore performs during WE Day in Toronto.

Macklemore is continuing his efforts to shed light on the nation's opioid addiction crisis by sharing a short-form documentary video showcasing his first public performance of his song "Drug Dealer," which he calls his most personal song yet. The video is premiering now exclusively with Billboard

Earlier this month, the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis rapper released the Prescription for Change documentary with MTV that collaborated with President Barack Obama to spotlight the drug addiction that grips America. He also shared "Drug Dealer," with an accompanying video that was released Tuesday, chronicling his own fight with substance abuse and critiquing the system in which millions are becoming addicted to prescription drugs. And last Friday, the Seattle MC performed that song live for the first time at the Air Canada Centre for Toronto's WE Day celebration, an event encouraging global change around the world. 

"It's a progressive disease, it gets worse with time. And I always felt that I could control it by myself, that I could take this drug out or just do this, but it didn't work and it got worse," says Macklemore in the video. 

He goes on, "Going to a treatment facility, I was given the tools and the counseling to figure out how to stay sober. But not everyone is so lucky. It wasn't something that I could just white knuckle through, I actually needed some outside support, some outside help, some people that loved me, that cared about me, that wanted to see me be successful and happy. This speaks to where we're at, it affects all of us."

Watch the video below. 

WE Day is a series of youth empowerment events that have been taking place since 2007, urging young people to take a pledge to make a difference in his or her community.