Macklemore and Robin Thicke aren't just parallels of one another because they're white guys playing a black man's game. (Unless...no, no, well, maybe.) It's that, somehow, these two have ended up in the center of pop music. Before this time last year, Macklemore was an independent rapper from Seattle who few had heard of. Robin Thicke was the son of a '80s sitcom dad had never quite broken through to true stardom himself. They're outsiders, standing in the right place at the right time. And then, through a bunch of different factors (Ellen for Macklemore; naked models and almost-naked Miley for Robin), they've somehow become inescapable. Even more suffocating are the thinkpieces these two have inspired people to write on racism/sexism/every-other-ism, but mostly on Tumblr.