Macklemore and Ryan Lewis dropped a new track on Tuesday called "Drug Dealer," a song about prescription drug addiction—a struggle which Macklemore (real name Ben Haggerty) has spokenly openly about in the past. There's no video yet, but you can listen here on Soundcloud.
"Drug Dealer" was released the same day as Macklemore's documentary about opioid addiction called Prescription For Change: Ending America’s Opioid Crisis. The special, which aired Tuesday night on MTV, includes Macklemore meeting with President Obama to discuss the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
The new song mentions celebrities who've succumbed to accidental drug overdoses, including Amy Winehouse, Prince, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston. It also features vocals on the chorus by singer Ariana DeBoo.
This isn't the first song about addiction the Seattle duo behind the 2013 mega hit "Thrift Shop" has penned; in 2015 they released "Kevin," with lyrics like "a pill that a doctor prescribed / and a drug that a million dollar industry supplied."