Today (August 5), after a long musical hiatus, Macklemore released his new single with Ryan Lewis "Growing Up (Sloane's Song)" featuring Ed Sheeran. The song is garnering widespread praise for its sentimental dedication to his two-month-old daughter. In it, Macklemore offers dad platitudes on being a strong woman, cool dad secrets like how it's cool to jaywalk, and a reading list that includes "The Alchemist," James Baldwin, Tupac, and Langston Hughes' "A Raisin In The Sun."
Except, wait -- there's just one minor flub. Langston Hughes didn't write "A Raisin In The Sun".
"A Raisin In The Sun" is a play by Lorraine Hansberry, who was inspired by a line in Hughes' poem "Harlem," also listed as "A Dream Deferred." Macklemore was certainly well-intentioned in his reading suggestion to his two-month old -- even though "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" might be a better place to start -- and has said "Growing Up" was "the right song to re-emerge with" as it reflects "where I've been the last year, through all the ups and downs." And, hey, maybe he knew the two literary works are related, and that's why he said the line -- but the wording of the lyric suggests otherwise. Plus, his candor means nothing to social media watchdogs eager to find ways to critique.
Yikes. Well, considering Hughes' poem did inspire "A Raisin In the Sun," the gaffe is an easy mistake to make. Still, Macklemore might have wanted to run a quick Google check before including the reference in his song.