Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ Goes Platinum! Macklemore Talks About His “Hella Gay Uncles” (Video)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ LGBT rights anthem “Same Love” has officially gone platinum for more than 1 million units shipped in the U.S.! ‘Same Love’ also climbed two spots this week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart to the Number 14 position.

Macklemore thanked his fans via twitter, for helping him to reach the new milestone, noting that this was more special than his first two hit singles:

The rapper and LGBT activist visited Angie Martinez and Peter Rosenberg on NYC’s Hot 97 to discuss the inspiration behind his smash-hit song and also talked about his “hella gay uncles.”

On his motivation behind writing “Same Love”:

I think [having gay uncles] was an influence. I think that looking at the hip-hop community and holding myself accountable in the hip-hop community was what I cared about. That’s my community. That’s who I see to be oppressing gay people. The f-word and saying “that’s gay” are still rampant. Homophobia is still rampant in the hip-hop community and it just gets the co-sign…It’s getting better. The last year has gotten a lot better, but for so long, it was just an issue that nobody touched on.

Macklemore also discussed what it’s like to be the first major hip-hop artist to specifically address the issue of homosexuality:

People are just scared. People are just really scared of how other people are going to perceive them. And for me, artists push the envelope of what is ‘culturally acceptable’ within hip-hop – what falls under the parameters of what hip-hop is and what it isn’t. Those rules are old and outdated. This is an issue of equality and humanity and let’s put that at the forefront and not worry about what the internet is going to say about us. I don’t give a f*ck. I’d rather change people’s lives than worry what the comments are going to say.

Macklemore talks about what inspired “Same Love”:

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Macklemore Freestyles:

And of course watch the music video for Same Love Below: