Macklemore and his partner in crime Ryan Lewis have taken the world by storm ever since their smash hit "Thrift Shop" hit the scene, keeping them at the top of the Billboard Top 100 for over six weeks. They've kept audiences and fans pleasantly surprised and enthralled ever since. Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore, is no new fish to the pond of rapping.
Born and raised in Seattle, Macklemore has been independently producing music since as early as 2000. It wasn't until his successful union with friend and producer Ryan Lewis in 2012, and the release of the album The Heist, that Macklemore's unique blend of intelligence, social relevance, and rhythm popped up on the world radar.
The duo's music deals with issues like poverty, rampant materialism, and even gay rights, making societal satire a key component of the rap they produce. Following the success of "Thrift Shop," many critics derided Macklemore as another white rapper doomed to a fate similar to that of Vanilla Ice.
The next hit from The Heist, "Can't Stop Us," proved just how wrong the naysayers really were. The song invaded the club scene, screaming that it's unforgettable hook and seamless production were not to be ignored. It was Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' hit "Same Love" that truly marked them as artists to watch, and keeping watching. Written and performed in support of the cause to legalize same-sex marriage, with accompanying vocals from Mary Lambert, the track caught world-wide attention and earned well deserved accolades for the duo. They have since solidified they're earned place among modern music giants-on-the-rise.
Rolling Stone Magazine calls Macklemore and Ryan Lewis an "indie rags-to-riches story," and drives home the sense that the musicians' voice speak for a much larger crowd. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' rhymes are a breath of fresh air, and an absolute must for fans of both rap and exciting new music.