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Ben Haggerty (born June 19, 1983), known by his stage name Macklemore (/ˈmæk.ləmɔr/ mak-lə-mor) and formerly Professor Macklemore, is an American rapper from Seattle, Washington. His stage name originated from his childhood, it was the name of his made-up super hero. Since 2000, he has independently released one mixtape, three EPs, and two albums. He has significantly collaborated with producer Ryan Lewisas Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Years Active: 2000-present
Label: N/A
Best Known Song: “Thriftshop”

“Though he’s been written up by The Source, put on the cover by XXL, Macklemore is the kind of rapper most rap magazines don’t write about. For one thing he’s from Seattle, but moreso: he’s socially conscious. His song about Air Jordans (“Wings”) focuses on how America’s endless suckle at the teat of commercialism leads to murder. They didn’t used to call him Professor Macklemore for nothing.” Complex Media on Macklemore


Macklemore and Lewis’ single “Thrift Shop” reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 2013. The single was premiered on commercial radio by radio personality Jay Postal on September 2, 2012, and was soon dubbed the first song since 1994 to top the Hot 100 chart without the support of a major record label byBillboard, although Macklemore, in a slightly unusual recording contract, pays a nominal percentage of sales to use Warner Bros. Records’ radio promotion department to push his singles. Their second single, “Can’t Hold Us” also peaked at number one of the Hot 100 Chart, making Macklemore and Lewis the first duo in the chart’s history to have their first two singles both reach the peak position. Macklemore and Lewis released their debut studio album The Heist on October 9, 2012, which charted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200. The pair won four Grammy Awards at the 2014 ceremony, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album (The Heist), Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance (“Thrift Shop”).

Macklemore has released one studio album, one extended play, one mixtape, four singles(including two as a featured artist), and two music videos. Macklemore recorded an EP titled Open Your Eyes in 2000 under the name Professor Macklemore, which he distributed himself. The origin of the name Macklemore is from when Haggerty attended Nathan Hale High School and was required to invent a superhero for an art project  Macklemore dropped “Professor” from his name, and released his first official full-length album, The Language of My World in January 2005. He appeared as a featured artist on The Physics’ song “Good” in 2009.[2] n 2008, 2009, and 2011, Macklemore performed at Bumbershoot, a major arts and music festival in Seattle.[3] In 2009 he released the The Unplanned Mixtape. The latter would reach No. 7 on iTunes. Macklemore’s debut single “The Town” was released from The Unplanned Mixtape and later remixed by Sabzi of the Blue Scholars.



The Language of My World

Open Your Eyes


The Unplanned Mixtape


Love Song (featuring Evan Roman)

The Town

And We Danced (featuring Ziggy Stardust)

External Links

Macklemore Home Site

Macklemore on Twitter

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