Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are ready to put out their long-awaited LP, The Heist, on Oct. 9. The first single from the album, “Same Love,” is a revealing account about the intolerance toward the gay community in American culture. Macklemore’s perspective shares his experiences and observations with the issue that is vividly depicted through his earnest storytelling and affectionate lyrics.

The song also features Seattle vocalist Mary Lambert on the hook. It will be released digitally on July 24 and as a limited edition 7" on July 31. All proceeds will go to benefit the Music for Marriage Equality campaign.

Here’s a few words from Macklemore’s official statement on the song:

"In the last couple of months, amazing things have happened that show progress and accountability to ensure that the LGBTQ community has the same rights and respect as everyone else. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES came out in support of gay marriage.  Jay-Z, arguably the biggest rapper in the world, then followed.  Finally, Frank Ocean felt comfortable enough with himself to share his sexuality in his music and came out last week.  That is courage. 
"This song is a humble submission to help bring this conversation to the surface, so that we can reflect on the language we use, and how powerful it can be. Rethinking, and understanding the gravity of how we communicate with each other. Change happens when dialogue happens. When we confront our prejudice and are honest with ourselves, there is room for growth, and there is room for justice."

Listen: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis "Same Love"