I'm gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I - I - I'm hunting, looking for a come-up
This is f*cking awesome
Walk up to the club like, "What up, I got a big cock! "
Nah, I'm just pumped, just bought some shit from the thrift shop
Ice on the fringe, it's so damn frosty
That people like, "Damn! That's a cold ass honkey."
Rollin' in, hella deep, headin' to the mezzanine,
Dressed in all pink, 'cept my gator shoes, those are green
Draped in a leopard mink, girls standin' next to me
Probably shoulda washed this, smells like R. Kelly's sheets
But shit, it was ninety-nine cents! (Bag it)
Coppin' it, washin' it, 'bout to go and get some compliments
Passin' up on those moccasins someone else's been walkin' in
Bummy and grungy, f*ck it man
I am stuntin' and flossin' and
Savin' my money and I'm hella happy that's a bargain, bitch
I'm a take your grandpa's style, I'm a take your grandpa's style,
No for real - ask your grandpa - can I have his hand-me-downs? (Thank you)
Velour jumpsuit and some house slippers
Dookie brown leather jacket that I found diggin'
They had a broken keyboard, I bought a broken keyboard
I bought a skeet blanket, and then I bought a kneeboard
Hello, hello, my ace man, my Miller
John Wayne ain't got nothing on my fringe game, hell no
I could take some Pro Wings, make them cool, sell those
The sneaker heads would be like "Aw, he got the Velcros"
What you know about rockin' a wolf on your noggin?
What you knowin' about wearin' a fur fox skin?
I'm digging, I'm digging, I'm searching right through that luggage
One man's trash, that's another man's come up
Thank your granddad for donating that plaid button-up shirt
'Cause right now I'm up in here stuntin'
I'm at the Goodwill, you can find me in the (Utptons)
I'm that, I'm that sucker searchin' in that section (Uptons)
Your grammy, your aunty, your momma, your mammy
I'll take those flannel zebra jammies, second-hand, I rock that motherf*cker
The built-in onesie with the socks on that motherf*cker
I hit the party and they stop in that motherf*cker
They be like, "Oh, that Gucci - that's hella tight."
I'm like, "Yo - that's fifty dollars for a T-shirt."
Limited edition, let's do some simple addition
Fifty dollars for a T-shirt - that's just some ignorant bitch shit
I call that getting swindled and pimped shit
I call that getting tricked by a business
That shirt's hella dough
And having the same one as six other people in this club is a hella don't
Peep game, come take a look through my telescope
Trying to get girls from a brand? Then you hella won't
Then you hella won't
(Goodwill... poppin' tags... yeah!)
I wear your granddad's clothes
I look incredible
I'm in this big ass coat
From that thrift shop down the road
Thrift Shop was released on August 27, 2012
as Macklemore's eighth single on career and as the fifth single from their debut studio album The Heist
(2012). It features vocals from Wanz.
The song was composed to show Macklemore's esteem
for thrift shops and saving money, opposing the flaunting many rappers display.
Macklemore told MTV News the song is a way of life: "Rappers talk about, oh I buy this and I
buy that, and I spend this much money and I make it rain, and this type of champagne and painting
the club, and this is the kind of record that's the exact opposite," he explained. "It's the polar
opposite of it. It's kind of standing for like let's save some money, let's keep some money away,
let's spend as little as possible and look as fresh as possible at the same time."
Speaking to MTV News UK in July 2013, Macklemore said that he still shops at thrift shops. I feel almost
silly going into thrift shops now," he admitted, "'cause when people see me in a thrift shop its
very cliché so I go in in a fake moustache and a wig and hat but I still definitely shop at thrift shops."
The song won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song at the 2014 ceremony.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were part of a very memorable Grammy moment when they performed "Same Love"
on the show while 33 couples were married in the audience.
From the Album:
The Heist (2012)
"Ten Thousand Hours"
August 27, 2012
CD single, digital download
Alternative hip hop, hipster hop, comedy hip hop
The accompanying music video was co-directed by Jon Jon Augustavo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
It was released on Lewis' YouTube channel on August 29, 2012. Filming took place at several thrift
shops in Seattle, including Goodwill Outlet, Value Village in Capitol Hill, Red Light Vintage,
and Fremont Vintage Mall, as well as at Seattle locations like the Unicorn/Narwhal Arcade Bar
and the Northwest African American Museum.
Macklemore attempted to get fellow Seattle rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot to appear in the video but
he did not return the calls. Some local Seattle musicians like Thomas Grey of Champagne Champagne
appear in the music video.