Macklemore: Ben

Macklemore’s latest release kicks off with three happy-go-lucky tracks. “Chant” has an infectious Latin groove. “No Bad Days” features Collett’s sun-shine hook. Even the word “bullshit” sounds so damn cute. Then Macklemore parties like it is “1984.” The album, however, busts a sharp turn on “Maniac,” in which Macklemore talks about his drug addiction. The album turns darker on issues such as social media, depression, and death, and yet, the beats never turn grime. Macklemore is a lyricist on his own right.