It's been a decade since "Thrift Shop" blessed the ears of listeners around the globe, the song assertively grasping the No.1 spot of the US Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks, landing the second best-selling single of 2013, and went on to become the fifth best-selling digital single in US history! It should come as no surprise that his success didn't end there.
At the time of writing this article, the Seattle native has three studio albums, three mixtapes, two EPs, and a plethora of singles, music videos, and features. In March of 2023, Macklemore released his third studio album, Ben.
Releasing on March 3, 2023, Ben boasts impressive features such as NLE Choppa, Murray, and DJ Premier, to name a few.
With the newly released album, there are bound to be impressive collaborations with other artists to garner hype around the project. After all, Macklemore hasn't exactly maintained the spotlight in recent years, many believing him to have been in retirement or simply existing these days on the fringe of the music industry as many artists do after earning enough money to simply invest outside of the music industry and lavishly go about life outside of the grind of Hip Hop.
One of those collaborations mentioned above was released today, June 9, 2023. The track was originally produced with only Collett as a feature and was released today as a remix featuring Armani White. Rhyme Junkie is excited to provide a thoughtful analysis of the remix! So without further ado:
Scoring "No Bad Days" by Macklemore ft. Armani White & Collett
"No Bad Days" is an incredibly focused "feel good" track about experiencing the very best things in life. The musical composition along with Collett's chorus performance successfully delivers a listening experience worthy of being added to your go-to cruise playlist. Staying true to what has made Macklemore stand out and maintain a successful fanbase is his ability to produce very authentic, warm, and sincere tracks that became a signature sound in an otherwise stagnant musical landscape.
Armani White, who has been making big waves since his hit single "Billie Eilish" and a recent studio album release which we reviewed here, manages to mesh quite well into the composition, applying a slower, gentler flow pattern with some playful lyrics:
"Damn, baby girl, who got you smilin' like that?- Armani White, "No Bad Days"
Like where your man? Ayy, send me yo' 'Gram, you know I'ma follow right back
And I'm the same with all my friendships, [?] came up off them benches
I just pushed a track to plat' and took the plaque back to the trenches"
The song, overall, is worth a listen and its contents are sure to bring surface-level relief next time you're feeling a bit down.
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