Macklemore x Ryan Lewis: Hip Hop gets a conscious, gets sober and calls out its demons

Someone wake me from this crazy dream. Ben Haggerty (aka Macklemore) and Ryan Lewis are a match made in hip hop heaven. Lewis’ productions alone would keep the club kids bouncing off the walls all night long. Macklemore is socially conscious rapper with mad skills on the mic who truly loves his community, fans, city and uses his craft in an attempt to better the world we live in. Don’t believe me? Look at this picture.

If you’re still wondering why I asked to be awaked from this crazy dream, it’s because somehow most people do not know about this duo. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not what I’d label as out and out underground. In the Pacific Northwest, folks have been down with Macklemore since day one and he has a fiercely loyal following. Haggerty first began honing his craft in high school. Like most fledglings he earned his wings by flying and falling, including some struggled with substance abuse. In recent years, he got clean, started his partnership with Lewis and everything since then has been clicking.

Find out more about this amazing partnership at the Official Macklemore x Ryan Lewis Website. If you’re interested in meeting the duo, you get a chance every year; Macklemore throws an annual pizza party for his fans. To win a ticket, you have to enter a contest that highlights creativity. I don’t know about you, but all this sounds too good to be true. On second thought, don’t wake me.

Off the box,
Mike ep