SINGLE REVIEW: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ed Sheeran – Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)
Ed Sheeran teased about a new collaboration dropping twelve hours later and inevitably had social media buzzing about who it was going to be with, and then this track was unveiled. “Growing Up” (Sloane’s Song) is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ first single from their highly anticipated third studio album. The song expresses Macklemore’s fears about becoming a father and deliberates whether or not he is ready with his life currently centered in the limelight. “I’m still tryna figure out who I am. I don’t wanna mess this up or do this wrong. I’m gonna be there for your first breath, I don’t know if I’ll be there for your first step. I can promise you that I’ll try to work less, but the tour’s routed, and I got this album”. The hook is delivered acoustically by Ed Sheeran which cites similarities to his track “Small Bump” where he sings about becoming a father with the fear and instincts a similar theme. “I’ll be patient, one more month. You’ll wrap your fingers ’round my thumb. Times are changing, I know, but who am I if I’m the person you become If I’m still growing up”. This is one of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ slower and more impactful songs with a touching message of its okay of being afraid to grow up. This may not be as groundbreaking as “Thrift Shop” or Same Love” but it gives listeners a great insight into the current mind and world that he is living in. It will also prepare you for the next chapter in his musical journey, which I personally cannot wait for.