Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are an indie hip-hop/pop duo from Seattle. While their music is generally classified as hip hop, they also incorporate elements of pop, jazz, and funk. Their relationship began in 2006 when Lewis became a photographer for Macklemore... ... read more

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Macklemore x Ryan Lewis "WINGS" Official Music Video 6,927,227 views
Macklemore X Ryan Lewis - Can't Hold Us Feat. Ray Dalton 2,110,411 views
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - My Oh My (Official Video) 453,455 views
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis "Life Is Cinema" 206,277 views
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS - "Irish Celebration" (Official Music Video) 207,560 views
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - Otherside (Live at KEXP) 61,631 views
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (LIVE AT WSU 4,000 People) 15,699 views

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Bio

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are an indie hip-hop/pop duo from Seattle. While their music is generally classified as hip hop, they also incorporate elements of pop, jazz, and funk. Their relationship began in 2006 when Lewis became a photographer for Macklemore, who was already working on his music career. Macklemore noticed that Lewis had musical talent, and they joined forces. Macklemore writes the lyrics, and Lewis produces the beats.

They are most famous for their viral hit, "Thift Shop," and its music video has over 130 million views on YouTube. Their album, The Heist (2012), reached #2 on the Billboard charts and sold 78,000 copies in its first week, and the subsequent US and Canada tour sold out at each venue.  

His humorous lyrics in "And We Danced" and "Thrift Shop" turn each of Macklemore's concerts into a giant dance party. Conversely, "Otherside" chillingly explores the nightmare of drug addiction, while he expresses his support of gay rights in "Same Love" featuring Mary Lambert. Macklemore's socially and politically conscious lyrics set him apart from some rappers who obsess over promiscuous sex, drug abuse, and gluttonous wealth. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis stand proudly ahead of a sea of auto-tuned pop stars with lyrical negligence. They bring a fresh dose of much-needed innovation to mainstream music.

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Andrew S. Mar 4, 2013
“I'm gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pockettt I'm, I'm, I'm huntin, lookin for a come up This is fucking awesommme” Look, if you don't know those lyrics, go Google them and listen to the song. And watch the version with the official music video. Good? Damn right it is. Did you hear that sexy sax riff? The delicious baritone chorus? UNF. But we're not talking Barry White here; this is a song about carousing thrift stores for cheap clothes. The premise is so crazy out of nowhere ridiculous that it makes you wonder how it could possibly be the first rap song to ever make the Billboard top 100 without any backing from a major record label. Is it really just that catchy? Yes. Oh yeah it is. But let me tell you why it deserves to be on that list. I would love to harp on why the music video itself is so good (that one chick who sings the chorus is ROCKIN), but I'm here to talk about the song, so let's get into that. The first time I heard this bad boy, I was sitting in my mom's Volvo, half an hour early to meet my family at a diner after their movie-going experience with Les Miserables. When this song came on, I was bored out of my mind and half-asleep, lulled by the lightless parking lot's dark embrace. I gotta tell you, I perked up when that little opening thing with the “Wut wut? Wut? Wut?” and the guy yelling some indecipherable three word phrase kicked in. It sounded like some stupid gimmicky crap, I went right for the radio dial. But that sax riff kicked in just as I was about to turn it, and I paused. Then this chorus comes in talking about...what, buying beer for twenty bucks or some shit? “ know, it's probably the usual fanfare about getting smashed on Saturday,” I thought to myself, “...But that sax riff's pretty sweet. I'll stick it out, see where it goes.” Now, pretty much all I got out of the first listen was the ear worm chorus and that bit about wearing your granddad's coat. Oh, and the style. I hardly knew any of the words, but there was just this flare to the music...It was saying something cool, even if I didn't know what just then. Let me try to explain what I mean, since I've definitely familiarized myself with the lyrics a bit more by now. Look at the chorus: the final words are “this is fucking awesome”. Macklemore's first line in the whole song is “Nah, walk into the club like, 'What up, I got a big cock!'” That's ridiculous. How could you pull anything meaningful out of a song like that? The thing that makes this song so magical is how it presents itself. It takes itself seriously, if you can believe it. It's written in such a way that it's fun without being silly, real without being harsh. Even with all the humor it throws in, it isn't really self-deprecating. All that stuff not just Macklemore, but everyone in the song, is buying—yeah, it's cheap, it's outlandish and sometimes downright odd, but there's more to it. It's not about the clothes these people are wearing, it's about the person wearing them. “I wear your granddad's clothes. I look incredible.” It's not because the style's cool, it's because the person wearing it rocks that shit. Macklemore spends half the music video running around in a (piss-scented) fur coat with an absurd collar/hood ordeal. And yet it looks fly as hell, because he's a player. “What up, I got a big cock!” It takes balls to wear something like that. And that's what this whole song's saying: get courageous, be yourself. Don't pay for the $50 Gucci shirt; that trash isn't worth your money and it wasn't worth the money of the other 6 guys in the club wearing that exact same shirt. “Tryin to get girls from a brand? Man, you hella won't.” The video treats the issue humorously with an upbeat tone, but at the end of the day, it's like, “But seriously-I'm bein real right now, even if it sounds all 'wut wut? Wut? Wut?' – Do yourself a favor and be your own label.”
AMY B. Jan 31, 2013
I saw Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in concert and it was unbelievable. The energy from the crowd was unlike any other concert I've been to. Everyone couldn't get enough of him, and the energy was infectious. He really did a good job feed off of the energy of the crowd. At one particularly intense moment during "And We Danced," he actually jumped into the crowd and stood up while people held his feet. I had to get a picture or I wouldn't have believed it myself. But then he could switch gears to more serious topics, and the crowd went with him. He is very talented at leading a crowd and getting a positive response. A great concert from a very up and coming rapper. Even if you only like his music a little, it would be hard to have a bad time at his concert. If you have the chance to see him live - go. You won't regret it.
Michelle S. Nov 1, 2012
Macklemore's long awaited album definitely exceeded my expectations. I've been a fan for a couple of years, but they didn't rise to the top of my list until I listened to this album. To describe them as purely "rap" is an understatement because the album contains an interesting blend of sounds and styles. "Neon Cathedral" fused Macklemore's intensity with a softer sound, which kind of reminded me of one of Justin Timberlakes older tracks, and "Thin Line" has a very indie element to it that I enjoyed. I think "Bombom" adds a completely different dimension to Macklemore's name because it literally felt like I was back in high school during marching band warm ups; I was really tuned in trying to pick out all the different musical elements he incorporated. My favorite right now is "Can't Hold Us" right now, but I think the album contains a lot of diversity and I'll likely be jumping around labeling everything as my favorite eventually. I literally listened to the deluxe edition of the album from top to bottom in one sitting, and Macklemore's songs are one of those things you can't tune and study to because the lyrics are so central to his style.
Danny M. Oct 12, 2012
Just listened to the new album 'The Heist' from Macklemore & Ryan the song Thrift Shop. For some reason these guys feel like something fresh in the rap world. Macklemore's passion and rap skills come through real strong, but the incorporation of soulful samples and some electronic beats (which sound like they belong at your typical hipster music festival) seem to be something different from the overproduced music that is currently flooding a lot of rap music today. This Seattle duo seems to be on the rise...check them out on tour and scoop up some tickets if you get a chance.

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