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Macklemore is a versatile rapper who has all the potential in the world to become one of the greatest hip-hop artists. If his early hits with Ryan Lewis like, Thrift Shop and Can’t Hold Us are anything to go by, then he is well on his way there. His music has already attracted a lot of mainstream attention and is followed by millions of fans from around the globe who apart from his songs also love his great sense of humor and charismatic personality.
Born in Seattle, Macklemore has not only won numerous accolades but has also collaborated with many famous stars including the four-time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Skylar Grey on a song, Glorious. It recorded multi-platinum level sales in Australia and Canada and reached the top spot on the UK Indie chart. In addition, he has appeared as a guest judge in an American reality competition series, ‘Under the Gunn.’
This rap superstar is now on tour. So, if you are looking to get best deals on Macklemore tickets then get them here.
Getting Inspired by Rap Music
Macklemore is the moniker of Benjamin Hammond Haggerty who grew up listening to rap music. He wrote his first song at the age of fifteen by drawing his influences from Freestyle Fellowship, Wu-Tang Clan, Aceyalone, Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, Nas and Mobb Deep. Haggerty then began to reach a younger generation through his music and became a part of ‘Gateways for Incarcerated Youth’ where he assisted in different music workshops.
In 2000, Haggerty created his alter ego, ‘Professor Macklemore’ and came out with his first self-released mixtape, ‘Open Your Eyes.’ It contained eighteen songs including, Lifetimes which featured Kelly Montague. He soon ditched ‘Professor’ from his stage name and started to record his first full-length studio record. On January 1, 2005, he came out with, ‘The Language of My World’ which was preceded by the single, Love Song. The track was a collaborative effort with Evan Roman and was produced by Budo.
A year later, he bumped into the American DJ, photographer and record producer, Ryan Lewis. The two became the best of friends but it was not until 2008 that the duo decided to form a group together. In the meantime, Macklemore continued to focus on his solo career and churned out his second mixtape, ‘The Unplanned Mixtape’ which landed at the seventh spot on the iTunes Hip Hop Chart. It consisted of singles, The Town and And We Danced out of which the former received the remix treatment from DJ Sabzi.
The Rise of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
In 2008, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis formalized their collaboration and got things rolling by performing at many festivals including, Outside Lands and Sasquatch Festival. On November 27, 2009, the duo spawned their debut extended play, ‘The Vs. EP’ which was followed by their second EP, ‘The Vs. Redux’ which hit the shelves after a year. The latter contained the song, Otherside which was approved by the critics.
In 2011, the duo penned down a tribute song for the late broadcaster of the Seattle Mariners, Dave Niehaus titled, My Oh My. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis got to perform that song live in front of over forty eight thousand attendees at the Mariners Opening Day. Shortly after, they came out with their first single, Wings. The song was certified gold in the United States, whereas in Australia, it went on to sell in excess of one million copies. It included uncredited vocals from Hollis and reached twelfth spot on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles.
On August 16, 2011, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis dropped another single in collaboration with Ray Dalton titled, Can’t Hold Us. This song brought the duo their breakthrough success as it recorded multi-platinum level sales in eight countries and was labeled as, ‘The Most-Streamed Song of 2013’ by Spotify. The track climbed the first spot on the Billboard 200 and earned them a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Music Video.’ Moreover, the track was used in many films including, ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ and ‘Middle School: The Worst Year of My Life.’
The Heist and This Unruly Mess I’ve Made
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis put out their first studio LP, ‘The Heist’ on October 9, 2012. The album was able to wow the fans and charted at the first spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Plus, it earned four stars out of five from AllMusic and went platinum in the U.S., Sweden, New Zealand, Germany, France and Canada. It also won them a Grammy for ‘Best Rap Album’.
Thrift Shop, one of the songs from the album crossed one billion views on YouTube and earned Macklemore and Ryan Lewis two Grammy Awards under the categories of ‘Best Rap Song’ and ‘Best Rap Performance.’ The track was called the eighteenth best single of 2012 by Entertainment Weekly and peaked at the top spot on the Triple J’s list of the ‘Hottest 100 Countdown of 2012.’ On top of that, it marked their second song to top the charts in the United States and became their first single to receive diamond certification in the country. That’s not all as Thrift Shop also appeared in films, ‘Tammy,’ ‘Pain & Gain’ and ‘The Internship.’
Three years later, Macklemore tweeted that the duo’s next studio record will hit the shelves soon and released a song with Ed Sheeran titled, Growing Up (Sloane’s Song) on August 15, 2015. In the same month, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis came out with the lead single of their sophomore album, Downtown which climbed the twelfth spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold more than a million copies in Italy, U.S. and New Zealand. In 2016, the duo released, ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ which debuted at the fourth spot on the Billboard 200 and was met with mixed reviews from the critics. The album contained three singles including, Dance Off which was certified platinum by ARIA and also featured guest appearances from Eric Nelly, Leon Bridges and Carla Morrison.
Macklemore in 2017
On June 25, 2017, Macklemore revealed that the duo is going on a hiatus. Later that year, he spawned his second solo studio album, ‘Gemini.’ It became a chart-topping success in Canada, whereas it landed at the fourth spot on the Billboard 200. The album yielded a single, Good Old Days which featured the Billboard Music Award winner, Kesha. The song was described as an, "explicitly nostalgic cut" by Variance and charted at the nineteenth spot on the Hot Rap Songs. It also achieved platinum status in Australia. To support ‘Gemini,’ Macklemore also set out on the Gemini Tour in the fall of 2017, which extends into 2018.
Macklemore Tickets 2018
Macklemore is now scheduled to hit the road with Kesha in June of 2018. Together, the duo will take the stage in cities like, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas, Austin, Toronto, Clarkston and Hershey. So, if you want to watch two of the most incredibly talented superstars perform live then grab your tickets now.