Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have parlayed their chart-topping success (their single “Can’t Hold Us” remains at the top of the Billboard Hot 100) into a platform for a number of charitable causes.
The Seattle hip-hop duo have stood up for gay rights, the Boys & Girls Club, and drug abuse counseling, and now they have teamed with dozens of other artists and ONE to rally against extreme poverty.
Alongside the likes of U2, Green Day, Ed Sheeran, Kid Rock, Mumford & Sons, and Elvis Costello, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are part of ONE’s new agit8 campaign, which urges both world leaders and young people to fight against extreme poverty and hunger in the world’s poorest nations. The hope is to draw attention to those problems in advance of the upcoming G8 Summit in Northern Ireland.
In order to draw ears and eyes, the participating musicians have recorded new versions of beloved protest songs. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis didn’t need to draw from someone else’s song—they already had the single “Same Love” in the holster, and recorded a fresh version of it for the agit8 campaign.
Check out their very special performance of “Same Love,” with a rare appearance by guest vocalist Mary Lambert, in an exclusive video premiere below:
ONE’s Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Davidoff told EW that he sees the project as an opportunity to introduce songs from across generations to a new audience. “We didn’t start with the people we wanted on board, we started with the idea,” he said. “To hear Kid Rock covering Buffalo Springfield — it’s a totally different song.”
For more agit8 protest songs, check out the official site or log on to Spotify.
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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis expand their horizons in ‘Can’t Hold Us’ video: Watch it here