Macklemore is a solid year-and-change removed from those awkward 2014 Grammy Awards, in which he perceivably swiped several wins from Kendrick Lamar, and added insult to injury by Instagramming a text message apology to the Compton rapper. Like, ‘sorry I’m this good, man’. Oof.
Still, the steamboat pushes onward, and if anyone knows about momentum, it’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. They pushed over 13 million units of 3 singles in their breakout year (2013), and they’ve returned with the Ed Sheeran-featured “Growing Up,” and, now, a pop-funk jam–that Bruno Mars is currently side-eyeing–titled “Downtown,” featuring Grandmaster Caz, Mellie Mel and Kool Moe Dee. Yeah, take that, cultural appropriation.
You can watch the video above, and expect this to be an over-the-top performance at Sunday’s MTV VMAs.
Macklemore goes shopping with Complex and gives us details on some of his dopest kicks. The grammy award winning artist took some time off and decides to give us a session of sneaker copping with Joe La Puma of Complex as he talks Air Jordans, MJ & more. He is releasing new music and is gearing up to step back in front of the music industry.
Check out the video of Macklemore going sneaker shopping below.
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Hot 97 tackles race in Hip-Hop again, this time, with Macklemore
If Azealia Banks‘ tassles with T.I., Iggy Azalea, Action Bronson, Twitter and more are the mushroom cloud of the bomb that was Iggy Azalea’s Grammy nominations, Macklemore was the detonator. After he swept the rap Grammys last year and defeated the people’s champ Kendrick Lamar–who was en route to an 0-for-7 night–for Best Rap Album, the race in Hip-Hop conversation that was always casually mentioned whenever Eminem was up for a Grammy, or Mac Miller debuted high on the charts, became the focal point of the culture. As the Grammy Awards draw nearer, that is something not likely to change.
Enter Macklemore, wannabe rap star turned actual, multi-platinum rap star, winner of 4 Grammy Awards and quite possibly, prior to the release of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” the most controversial Hip-Hop artist in America. Earlier this year, after he emerged from the awards triumphant, posted a text message he sent to Kendrick Lamar apologizing for “robbing” the TDE rapper, drawing ire from Drake, who was nominated for some of the same awards Kendrick and Macklemore were nominated for, and other rappers around the industry. Yesterday, he sat down as a “co-host” of Ebro in the Morning on Hot 97, and talked about everything, from the benefits of being a rapper that can use white privilege to his advantage, to his mishandling of the entire Kendrick Lamar situation.
Kendrick Lamar‘s kept busy during the recording process of his yet-to-be-named sophomore album, including performing at LeBron James‘ first home game as a born again Cleveland Cavalier, doing commercials commemorating “i” becoming the NBA’s theme song, and prepping for a November 15th appearance on Saturday Night Live. In the midst of all that, K. Dot stopped into the Hot 97 studios and chatted with Ebro and Peter Rosenberg–who Lupe Fiasco previously accused of being a Kendrick Lamar nut-hugger–about everything from his feel good single “i”–which Kendrick says he made for inmates and the troubled people he interacts with at his shows–to Macklemore, a touchy topic for Kendrick. Still, he revealed what everyone’s thought all along. “I thought it was uncalled for,” says the Compton native on the infamous text messages Macklemore posted to Instagram after Kendrick went 0-for-7 at this year’s Grammy Awards.
You can watch the interview in full above, and towards the end of the conversation, when Kendrick begins detailing what he feels his purpose in the rap game is, you can’t help but get excited for December, or whenever he plans on releasing his sophomore effort.
Macklemore has expressed his love for sneakers for quite some time now, so it was no surprised that one of the world’s most talked about artists was given not one, but two exclusive pairs of suede kicks from the Jordan brand.
The first pair he put up on his Instagram featured a custom pair of the all-green Air Jordan 6 fresh out the box & his beloved cat Cairo. The kicks- complete with a translucent sole- garnered over 100,000 likes, with sneakerheads blowing up his comment section asking where they could cop them.
And of course, when he uploaded an image of his all-red pair, the hypebeasts went wild.
His exclusive red suede Air Jordan 6’s differ a bit from the green ones in terms of design. With their black & white midsole & black accents they’re strikingly similar to the Varsity 6‘s that dropped back in August, but these exclusive kicks will more than likely never hit the shelves.
Fences is a 4-piece band out of Seattle, and if you haven’t heard of them yet, you will soon. Their 2010 self-titled debut flew largely under the radar upon its release, but 4 years later as they gear up to release their second album, Lesser Oceans, Fences isn’t sneaking up on anyone. Their new single, “Arrows”, features Seattle’s two-man powerhouse–4-time Grammy Award winner Macklemore and Ryan Lewis–and its a blast if we may say so ourselves, so check out the video above. Chris Manfield of Fences had this to say about his huge new record he’s recorded with his fellow Seattle natives.
This music video was our baby. And we raised that baby. We put hella time, love and energy into that kid of ours. Dozens of all-nighters and studio sleep overs to make sure that kid was the best it could be before we put it out into the world, gave the kid some shoes and told our child to run. Run into the world. Show them who you are. You deserve to be free, baby.
Kendrick Lamar took the game by storm in 2012 when his highly anticipated debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, sold over 240,000 copies in its first week of availability, and was eventually certified platinum, despite his refusal to sacrifice the sonic integrity of his album to fit the Top 40 theme of radio. His verses became rap’s hottest commodity–everyone from Robin Thicke to Eminem had a Kendrick Lamar feature on their album–and despite not bringing one of the coveted trophies home, Lamar was nominated for no less than 7 Grammy Awards.
The underlying story behind going 0-for-7 at The Grammy Awards was the artist Kendrick lost to in 4 of the categories. Macklemore, who became rap’s biggest hit at radio in 2013, and sold an unprecedented number of units of his three widely popular singles (“Thrift Shop”, “Can’t Hold Us”, “Same Love”), was looked down upon largely by the hip-hop community for a perceived lack of depth in his music, in comparison to the story-telling and self-reflection featured on GKMC.
Following the awards, Macklemore posted a screenshot of a now infamous text message that he sent to Kendrick Lamar that wasn’t received very well.
Drake, who was also nominated in the same category fans and critics alike felt belonged to Kendrick Lamar–The Best Rap Album category–took exception to Macklemore exclusively telling Kendrick Lamar that he was robbed, and addressed this sentiment in an equally infamous Rolling Stone interview, and, more recently, at The ESPY Awards.
Today, Complex Magazine revealed their August/September print cover, which features Kendrick Lamar, and in the cover story, Kendrick addressed the infamous text message as coolly as one would expect.
He probably didn’t need to Instagram the text. But what’s done is done.
You can read the full cover story here, in which the “B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe” rapper reveals he once received $400,000 for a verse, and that his sophomore album will probably be out by the end of the year.
Over the weekend, Macklemore gave a performance in Seattle dressed in an extremely thick mustache, wig, and some garments that were almost unanimously decided by the public to be a mockery of traditional Jewish garb. As he performed his hit song, “Thrift Shop”, which is a song about–in layman’s terms–stepping out into society dressed in garments significantly cheaper than retail prices, Macklemore donned the outfit, which was seen as the mockery of the Jewish culture, and promotion of common stereotypes. Some went even further, and labeled Macklemore’s attire “anti-semitic”.
Most of Twitter chimed in on the controversy (of course), namely, Seth Rogen, and finally Macklemore took to his Twitter to try and downplay the accusations coming from all angles. His repsonse was short, and perceivably weak, but as Marc Hogan of SPIN postulates, Macklemore just might be “clueless enough to be telling the truth”.
A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody.
UPDATE: Macklemore released an official statement about his costume to his Tumblr, which you can read here. An excerpt below.
I will let my body of work and the causes for which I’ve supported speak for themselves. I hope that anyone who may question my intent take a few moments to discover the human and artist that I strive to be. I respect all cultures and all people. I would never intentionally put down anybody for the fabric that makes them who they are. I love human beings, love originality, and… happen to love a weird outfit from time to time.