Macklemore hit us with the pro-LGBT mackle. Then he hit us with the white privilege mackle. This time he hits us with the anti-pharmaceutical industry mackle, which is the scariest mackle of them all. The video for “Drug Dealer,” his grand stand against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, features Macklemore going through a detox cycle. Anyone who’s seen Trainspotting knows how hellish that is.
Macklemore spends most of the video naked with swollen eyes, as he suffers through the pain of detox. Ariana Deboo sings the hook—”He said that he would heal me / But he only gave me problems”—as she’s covered in pills, to get the point across. Watch the Jason Koenig-directed video below.