The life of Macklemore
Macklemore, real name Ben Haggerty is an American rapper/hip hop musician born June 19, 1983. Born and raised in Seattle, Macklemore started writing music and the early age of 14. At 17, he was hard at work on his first full-length album. After struggling with drug addiction, Macklemore put his experiences into lyrics, which resulted in some of his most successful music. Teaming up with the incredibly talented producer Ryan Lewis, the duo are now a household name, creating chart topping hits and taking on some of the most controversial topics in hip hop.
Macklemore’s first album titled ‘Open Your Eyes‘ was released under the alias ‘Professor Macklemore‘ in 2000. In 2005, Macklemore released another full-length album, ‘The Language of My World‘ for which he received significant local attention and following. During the period of 2005 – 2009, Macklemore struggled with substance abuse. This is the reason for the delay between his previous album and his follow up. His thoughts and experiences come to life on several of his songs (Otherside, Inhale Deep, Starting Over).
After getting clean in 2008, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis came together to create The Vs. EP / The Vs. [Redux]. It was during this period that one of their most successful songs was created, ‘Otherside‘. Otherside received huge attention for it’s content and relevant message regarding drug overdose. Without skipping a beat, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released two more hits, ‘My Oh My‘ and ‘Can’t Hold Us‘, the former being a tribute to the late Dave Niehaus, a Seattle Mariners broadcaster and the later being a lively party anthem.
In 2012, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released their most successful musical project to date, ‘The Heist‘. Boosted by the massive amounts of media attention surrounding two of his latest singles, ‘Same Love‘, a song challenging the social acceptance of gay marriage and ‘Thrift Shop‘, a ridiculously catchy party anthem. Already bound for success, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ publicity was again boosted by performances on high profile television shows, such as ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show‘ and ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon‘. ‘The Heist‘ reached number 2 on the US Billboard 200 and even peaked at number 1 in different countries around the world.