Macklemore: Fame Found in a Thrift Shop

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate Macklemore not only for his musicality, but for a side noticed only some of the time: his ever-important wardrobe. Released in 2012, with almost 800 million views to date on YouTube, Thrift Shop was the key single that sent the Hip Hop Rap duo known as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ career skyrocketing. The song topped the Billboard Top 100 chart on Jan. 23rd 2013. After the single went double platinum shortly thereafter, Macklemore (also known as Ben Haggerty) became a household name and prominent figure in the music industry. It is worth noting that it is not only the catchy riffs and looping saxophone within the song that make it such a mainstream hit, but the style that Macklemore flaunts within the music video and in his everyday life as well.

Despite the fact that in Thrift Shop the rapper claims to want to take “your grandpa’s style”, there are days when Ben and Ryan are a bit more laid back such as when they posed for this photo:

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Then there’s Macklemore’s Red Carpet appeal. At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards (2013) the rap duo certainly held their own up against artists such as John Legend and Coffee singer Miguel when they came dressed in a blue and black checkered suit (Ryan Lewis) and a similar blue velvet tuxedo (Macklemore):

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took home four awards that night for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song specifically for Thrift Shop, and Best Rap Album for The Heist as a whole. It is only fitting that they looked as snazzy at the show as they did on the big screen when bringing to life the mega hit that is Thrift Shop.


In 2015 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are set to release another album as the superstars promised via Macklemore’s Twitter back in January:

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Currently the duo is maintaining their trendsetting style with the album’s first single, Downtown feat. Eric Nally, Melle Mell, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz, which debuted in the Top 30 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs on Billboard. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have left the thrift shops and are taking it to the streets in this song, even opting to sing the hit in the streets at the 2015 VMAs back on August 30th. The motive is the same in Downtown as it was for Thrift Shop: everything is done with style from the bottom up, from the music to the wardrobes. And honestly, this “style” that Macklemore possesses and flawlessly emanates both his everyday life and the artistry that is the backbone of his success.

Listen here to the song that built Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ mega platform:

EMILY SCOTT / Literature Editor

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