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Meaning of "Wings" By Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

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Meaning of "Wings" By Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
"Wing$" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Released by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on January 21, 2011
The song was created to talk about the "sneaker culture" in the 90's and more deeply about consumerism in American culture
The song can be purchased in their album, The Heist, which won the 2014 Grammy award for best album.
Misconceptions of the song's meaning
Some people believe that the meaning of the song is just about "sneaker culture" and although it does make many references to types of sneakers, Macklemore himself stated that it is about American Consumerism in an interview with George Keil III on NiceKicks.com


Meaning of the song
The deeper meaning of the song as stated before is Consumerism in America mainly with shoe companies such as Nike. The song explains how people will spend ridiculous amounts of money just to fit in society.


Work Cited :)
Who are

Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis?
Ben Haggerty was born in 1983 in Seattle, Washington and became Mackelmore when he started his rap career. He went through a downward sipral of drug use during his early career, and eventually got out of his addiction. He has many hit songs including "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us".
Ryan Lewis
Lyrics about meaning
Clip of the song
https://soundcloud.com/macklemore/macklemore-and-ryan-lewis
Ryan Lewis was born in 1988 and is an american music producer that has teamed up with Macklemore in 2009. He has produced many hits songs with Macklemore including "Thrift Shop", "Same Love", and "Can't Hold Us"
The quote
The quote says, “AS A YOUTH GROWING UP IN THE LATE 80S, OR 90S OR 2000S, YOU EITHER HAD A PAIR OF JORDANS OR YOU KNEW TONS OF PEOPLE THAT DID. SO, IT’S A WORLD TOPIC…IT’S A SNEAKERHEAD SONG, BUT IT IS SOMETHING THAT HAS A DEEPER MEANING JUST IN THE CONSUMPTION IN AMERICAN CULTURE IN GENERAL.”
- MACKLEMORE
Verse 2
"Wanted to be him
I wanted to be that guy
I wanted to touch the rim
I wanted to be cool
And I wanted to fit in
I wanted what he had, America, it begins"
Verse 1
"Look at me, look at me
I’m a cool kid
I’m an individual, yeah
But I’m part of a movement
My movement told me be a consumer and I consumed it"
Verse 3
"They started out
With what I wear to school
That first day
Like these are what make you cool
And this pair, this would be my parachute
So much more than just a pair of shoes
Nah, this is what I am
What I wore, this is the source of my youth
This dream that they sold to you
For a hundred dollars and some change
Consumption is in the veins
And now I see it’s just another pair of shoes"
"Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Ft. Macklemore) – Wing$." Rap Genius. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. <http://rapgenius.com/Macklemore-and-ryan-lewis-wing-lyrics>.

"Conflicts of a culture: 1 on 1 with “Wings” artist Mackelmore" Nicekicks. George Keir III, n.d. Web. 19 Apr. 2014. <http://www.nicekicks.com/2011/07/28/wings-1-on-1-with-macklemore/>.



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