Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Bio, Life, Career, Awards, Facts, Trivia, Favorites

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: A Quick-Read Bio Revealed

Here’s the bio, life, career, awards, facts, trivia, and favorites of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. We would like to take you through the chapters in the life and career of one of the world’s talented musicians. This is Australian Unwrapped’s compilation of research about Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Enjoy the journey!

Origin: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Genres: Alternative hip hop – Progressive rap – Pop rap

Members: Rapper Macklemore – DJ and record producer Ryan Lewis

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Early Start

  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis met in 2006.
  • In the course of working on Macklemore’s promotion as a photographer, Lewis and Macklemore became close friends. The two eventually worked as a title-credited duo full-time as Lewis produced for Macklemore.
  • A collaboration was formed and formalized in 2008, when they performed as a duo at Bumbershoot, Sasquatch Music Festival and Outside Lands Music Festival.




Career Journey

  • 2009: They launched the debut extended play, The VS. EP.
  • 2010: The duo released a free download, “Stay At Home Dad”, a track that didn’t quite make it.
  • 2011: The single “My Oh My” as a tribute to recently deceased Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus, came out.
  • 2012: “Same Love” was released and ranked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 which housed the songs “White Walls” featuring ScHoolboy Q and “Jimmy Iovine” featuring Ab-Soul. “Thrift Shop” was released and topped 24 charts worldwide
  • 2013: They released their fifth and final single from The Heist, “White Walls”, which made it to the Billboard Hot 100 top 15.
  • 2014: They performed “Same Love” at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, where Queen Latifah delivered marriage vows for 33 couples who lined the aisles.
  • 2015: Macklemore launched a song as a free download, titled “Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)”, which featured Ed Sheeran and they also launched “Downtown”, the first single from their upcoming second studio album, which they performed at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards that soared to the 12th spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 2016: Their album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, came out which landed 4th on the Billboard 200.
  • 2017: Macklemore informed the audience through his official Instagram that the duo were on a social media break.




Awards & Recognition

  • four Grammy Awards (Best New Artist, Best Rap Album (The Heist), Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance (“Thrift Shop”))
  • This Unruly Mess I’ve Made (second album) sold 2 million records worldwide




Fun Facts & Trivia

  • Macklemore gave Michael Wansley who was working a desk job at Microsoft, a break for a collaboration.
  • Ryan attended ‘Ferris High School’ in Spokane, Washington, and played the guitar at a young age in rock bands.
  • Ryan eventually graduated from ‘Roosevelt High School’ in Seattle, Washington and then majored in ‘Comparative History of Ideas’ from the ‘University of Washington’.



Australian Unwrapped’s Chosen Song from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis:

Can’t Hold Us

Length: 4:13

Release: 2013

Opening Lyrics:

Hey, hey, hey
Good to see you
Come on, dude, let’s go
Yeah! Let’s go!
Ha-ha-ha-ha alright
Alright, okay
Uh, alright, okay
Alright, okay
Return of the Mack
Get ’em, what it is, what it does, what it is, what it isn’t
Looking for a better way to get up out of bed
Instead of getting on the Internet
And checking on who hit me, get up
Thrift shop, pimp-strut walkin’
Little bit of humble, little bit of cautious
Somewhere between like Rocky and Cosby
Sweater game, nope-nope, y’all can’t copy

More Songs to Listen to:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Top 5 Songs



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