Macklemore visited Barack Obama at the White House yesterday (14 May) to discuss opioid addiction in the US president’s Weekly Address.
In the video Obama introduces Macklemore as his “special guest” and goes on to explain that “for those of you who dont share the same love for hip-hop that I do” Macklemore is a Grammy-winning artist.
“He’s also an advocate who’s giving voice to a disease that we all too often just whisper about,” Obama continues, “a disease called addiction.”
Macklemore, dressed in a suit and tie, says: “I take this personally. I have abused prescription drugs and I have battled with addiction. If I hadn’t of got the help that I needed when I needed it, I definitely would not be here today. I want to help others facing the same challenges that I did.”
Watch the Weekly Address in full below:
Obama states that deaths from opioid overdoses have tripled since 2000 and statistics shown during the address show that drug overdoses now take more lives than traffic accidents in the States.
Obama’s call to Congress for $1.1 billion to invest in treatment is also touched upon.
At the end of the video Macklemore says: “President Obama and I just had a powerful conversation here at the White House about opioid abuse and what we can do about it.” Followed by a helpline number.
Earlier this year Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released their second album, ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’, which featured the Top 20 single ‘Downtown’.