White Walls

Album: The Heist (2012)
Charted: 26 15

Songfacts®:

  • This song was released as the sixth single from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' collaborative debut studio album The Heist. It finds the Seattle rapper spitting about riding around in a Cadillac, which is his favorite car. The song's hook is performed by Seattle singer-songwriter Hollis, who has also worked with Blue Scholars and is a member of Canary Sing, while American rapper Schoolboy Q spits the second verse.
  • The music video was directed by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Jason Koenig and features cameo appearances from several artists including Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Big Boi, DJ Drama and Trinidad James, with the latter taking on the role of a used-car salesman. Q is also seen delivering his verse and reviling with some older women, reciprocating Macklemore's cameo in his video for "Collard Greens."
  • Speaking with Billboard magazine, Hollis recalled her contribution to this song: "When Ben was working on The Heist, I was a sounding board for him on a lot of it," she recalled. "Out of one of our writing sessions came what would become 'White Walls,' and I didn't even know I would be the person performing it, but then I was!"

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

WeezerFact or Fiction

Did Rivers Cuomo grow up on a commune? Why did they name their albums after colors? See how well you know your Weezer in this Fact or Fiction.

Grateful Dead CharactersMusic Quiz

Many unusual folks appear in Grateful Dead songs. Can you identify them?

Does Jimmy Page Worship The Devil? A Look at Satanism in RockSong Writing

We ring the Hell's Bells to see what songs and rockers are sincere in their Satanism, and how much of it is an act.

Dwight TwilleySongwriter Interviews

Since his debut single "I'm On Fire" in 1975, Dwight has been providing Spinal-Tap moments and misadventure.

Dean PitchfordSongwriter Interviews

Dean wrote the screenplay and lyrics to all the songs in Footloose. His other hits include "Fame" and "All The Man That I Need."

RamonesFact or Fiction

A band so baffling, even their names were contrived. Check your score in the Ramones version of Fact or Fiction.