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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Make Billboard History

The Heist, the title of Washington state rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis’ independent 2012 album, couldn’t be a more fitting description of how the two have approached the music industry. For starters, the blonde mohawk-sporting Macklemore just doesn’t look like a typical rapper, much less a Billboard-charting rapper. When the two secured a spot on last year’s Paid Dues Festival, I admit I was sleeping on them in large […]

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, “The Heist” – Album review

Macklemore LLC (2012)

Those critical of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s debut LP The Heist (a minority opinion, so it seems) have pointed out that the duo’s style more closely resembles pop than hip-hop, which might be true, but does almost nothing to change the fact that The Heist is a plainly devastating piece of work. For those unfamiliar with Seattle MC Macklemore, it helps to put the man in perspective if you’re clued […]

Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 9.01.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape September 1, 2012.   Trae the Truth ft. Waka Flocka Flame, “I Got Em” Offering a sterling example of “big, ridiculous stomping rap,” Trae the Truth and Waka Flocka Flame (two of the subgenre’s most sedulous proponents) have teamed up to create “I Got Em.” The track borrows many of its moves from the DMX playbook. Menacing, sky-high strings form the backbone of the beat, […]