The rap world still won’t let Macklemore get away with winning anything. Earlier today, Billboard named “Thrift Shop” the top rap single of all time, the backlash was pretty epic, and it’s still going strong.
Last night, some of music’s biggest performers took the stage at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre for The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night. Among them were Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, as well as Robin Thicke and T.I.
Admit it, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have had one hell of a year. Successful singles ranging from used clothes (“Thrift Shop”) to gay rights (“Same Love”) helped earn the duo a Best Rap/Hip-Hop honor at the American Music Awards Sunday (Nov. 23). Which naturally meant slander from the Twitter peanut gallery.
As Seattle rapper Macklemore approaches platinum status with his independent album, The Heist with producer Ryan Lewis, so grows the list of critics unsure what to make of the rising star. In a revealing interview, however, the “Thrift Shop” artist says that his meteoric success would not have happened if he were black.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ song “Thrift Shop” is a massive hit. All those plays means it has also become ridiculously annoying to many. One Colorado woman in particular became so incensed that her boyfriend was singing the song that she proceeded to choke him out.
Up and comer Kazzie Pop gets inspired by the spastic production on Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” and provides a version of his own. Clocking in at just under a minute, the New Jersey native gives listeners a sample of his crafty wordplay.