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Review: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ed Sheeran // Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have re-emerged with their new single “Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)”. It’s a sweet tribute about *shocker* growing up; a touching open-penned letter to his daughter.

It’s cute, but not special. Ed Sheeran’s vocals on the chorus is what makes the song worth a listen. My eyes started to glaze over after he rapped “wear a helmet don’t be stupid” “camp, fall in love, and dance” because it started to feel like a clichéd teen movie. I’m sure everyone else will fall in love with this song. It’s nice, but it’s not something I would ever buy, or go out of my way to download. The only part that sets itself apart is Ed Sheeran’s jazzy chorus, complete with horns and a choir. Macklemore should stick to what he does best; anthemic raps like the ones that thrusted him into the spotlight and won him Grammys. That is the kind of music I want to hear more of. If I wanted a song like this, I’d listen to a different artist. But none the less, the world will be watching as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis poise themselves for a comeback of Thriftshop-esque proportions.

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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