Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Exclusive Interview

Chart-topping hip-hop duo open up about their smash hit "Same Love" and their latest album, The Heist
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    Ryan Lewis and Macklemore
September 04, 2013 -- 3:20 pm PDT

Rising hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis recently visited the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles to participate in an exclusive interview. The pair discussed the impact and the tolerance message of their hit "Same Love," their views on the music industry and their latest album, The Heist, among other topics.  

"'Same Love' has had many different moments," said Macklemore. "It's timed very well with what's happening in the nation and what's happening on the forefront of civil rights in America. It's not telling anybody to think one way or another way — it's hoping that people engage in discussion around this issue."

Seattle-based rapper Macklemore and DJ/producer Lewis have been making music fans take notice since they released their 2009 debut EP, The VS. EP. They followed with VS. Redux, which reached No. 7 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart. The duo made waves in 2011 with the release of their hit single "Can't Hold Us" featuring Ray Dalton. The next year Macklemore was featured on the cover of XXL Magazine's coveted Freshman Class issue, and Rolling Stone dubbed the duo an "indie rags-to-riches" success story.

Released in 2012, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' debut studio album, The Heist, reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200, propelled by the No. 1 hits "Can't Hold Us" and "Thrift Shop," the latter of which reached multi-platinum status and remained on top of the charts for six weeks. The duo's Top 20 hit "Same Love" featuring Mary Lambert has been adopted by some as a pro-equality anthem. The video for the track recently picked up Best Video with a Message honors at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will kick off a North American tour beginning Oct. 22 in Portland, Ore., with dates scheduled through December.

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