Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: So much more than thrift shopping

Today’s post comes from Ypulse staffer Phil Savarese.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis topped the charts in late 2012 with their song “Thrift Shop” feat. Wanz. The music video has over 180 million views on YouTube and is still the number one song on Spotify in the United States. The duo’s hit single exemplified the Millennial ideals of budgeting, reason, and YouTube. Their full album, The Heist, provides an even more applicable story to Millennial culture. Each track is different, and tackles a different subject. Some illustrate the struggle of young artists, others talk about, well, thrift shopping. There are a few songs that do give insight into the minds of an idealistic Millennial, and are worth noting for anyone who has their eye on the generation. 

"Ten Thousand Hours" is the first track of the album. The title refers to the seemingly endless amount of time Macklemore has invested in pursuing his passion for music. It’s no secret that Millennials want to do the same. “I stand in front of you today all because of an idea, I can be who I wanted if I could see my potential.” Like Macklemore, Millennials are all about maximizing their potential, and he has turned that potential into success, noting full-on dedication; “The greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint. The greats were great because they paint a lot.”

“Make the money, don’t let the money make you. Change the game, don’t let the game change you.” This is the chorus of the track "Make the Money", which is featured in a trailer for the movie 42 that depicts the story of Jackie Robinson. The song encourages others to strive for success without compromising themselves, urging his listeners to “stay true”. Once again, the songs are in line with the Millennial aspiration to succeed, but not concede their values and…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “Whenever I'm bored, I can always find something to do on my phone.”

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Have teens have killed another retailer? Aeropostale has filed for bankruptcy, and plans to immediately close 154 of its over 800 stores. Young consumers’ preference for fast fashion and real-time access to trends has left “mall retailers” like Delia’s, Wet Seal, and Aeropostale in the dust. Last year the struggling clothing brand announced they were attempting to revive sales by “exploring strategic alternatives,” and focusing on a “flirty tomboy girl” consumer. However, it missed the mark, and “[t]he majority of the blame for poor performance lies squarely with [Aeropostale’s] failure to realign itself to the changing fashion demands of younger shoppers.” (Washington Post)  

These days, Osh-Kosh-B’Gosh just won’t do for well-to-do kids growing up in a market that might just make them the best-dressed generation. The luxury childrenswear market continues to boom, with a forecasted reach of $291.5 billion by the end of 2018. Since we first wrote about the trend, more designer brands have launched lines exclusively for “pint-sized clientele,” and online stores focusing on upscale fashion for babies and kids have grown. Although considered a small revenue driver for companies, brands hope that childrenswear will inspire brand loyalty from a young age, and remind adults of their own “coming-of-age moments.” (Digiday

Social network meets “college newspaper on steroids” Odyssey is racking up 30 million uniques a month, with a simple but challenging business model. The site lets any young writer contribute content, as long as they have a unique perspective and publish an article a week. The model results in about 10,000 articles each week from writers aged 18-28, who then share their posts through their own personal social networks. Although they are unpaid, the writers gain exposure from posting to the platform—two to 4.5 times more than if they self-published. (Business Insider)  

Snapchat’s CEO Evan Spiegel’s ability to “speak Millennial” has been key to the app’s success. The platform’s appeal lies in the “less demanding” content it encourages. As the Columbia student who interviewed Spiegel put it, “If you want to take a photo of the beautiful day outside…you can put it on Instagram, but what about that huge space of photos that aren’t 10 out of 10 perfection.” Recently Spiegel declared that Snapchat is a “camera company.” Though messaging and content are part of the app, the camera is the focus because “[t]he thing that feeds a social network is content.” (International Business Times)

We recently broke down all the ways Millennials are updating and redefining workplace standards—and it looks like Millennials in the U.K. may also prioritize meaning over a big paycheck. A U.K. survey of 13-25-year-olds revealed that “44% equate happiness with success and 32% said that for them prosperity is more about achieving their personal goals.” The things that might have motivated previous generations were lower priorities: only 11% of U.K. Millennials said they are motivated by the prospect of owning a house, and 29% said they are motivated by being paid more for their work. (Elite Business

Quote of the Day: “The type of commercials that stick in my memory are the ones that make me evaluate my life.”—Female, 28, SD

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