Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Incredible Year

Posted by Billyjam, December 10, 2012 08:55am | Post a Comment
To say that this has been a good year for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis would be an understatement. 2012 has been an incredible year for the Washington State hip-hop emcee/producer team whose widely popular new, independently released album The Heist has been a top five hip-hop release at Amoeba since its October 9th release, and whose San Francisco concert tonight (Mon Dec 10th) at The Regency Ballroom, similar to other dates on the Seattle pair's current tour, sold out well in advance. Also this year Macklemore & Ryan Lewis got a feature on the cover of XXL’s Freshman Class of 2012.

After years of grinding away with recording and tirelessly performing the pair suddenly went from playing small clubs to headlining and selling out big halls like tonight's Bay Area show. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis managed to build their wide fan base with songs/videos like last year's hit  "Wings" (an excellent statement on consumerism) and the their viral hit "Thrift Shop:- the hilariously entertaining video featuring Wanz  (video below) which has racked up almost 28 million YouTube hits since its release three and a half months ago. Then there's the much talked about video for "Same Love (feat Mary Lambert)," which takes a stand against discrimination against gays and a stand for marriage equality. Since its release two months ago this video has grabbed nearly 9 million views. More importantly the powerful video has not only won high praise from many groups and individuals but it has instigated discussion and (often heated) debates on the topic.

With their knack for creating engaging videos like "Thrift Shop" and "Same Love" the Seattle duo have risen to fame at an alarming rate. However unlike say Kreayshawn, whose recording output never matched the runaway success of her viral video "Gucci Gucci," Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis have quality hip-hop that matches and/or surpasses their video output. Couple this genuine talent with a strong work ethic and a refreshing outlook on life and today's music business and you can see why they are so popular.

The songs "Same Love," "Thrift Store," and "Wings" are all found on the duo's popular new 15 track CD The Heist which was self released on the Macklemore label and features non stop bangers like "Ten Thousand Hours," "Jimmy Iovine" (a song about staying true to yourself as an artist and not selling out), "Thin Line" featuring Buffalo Madonna, and "White Walls" featuring Hollis and Schoolboy Q.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' ever popular "Thrift Shop" video off the pair's new album The Heist

Find Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist album here. Tonight's San Francisco show at The Regency Ballroom with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis features special guest DEE-1. 8pm showtime. Sold out but if you show up there might be some tickets available.

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