Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed in Milwaukee on May 12 as part of the Yahoo! On the Road tour.
A true independent team, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis climbed to the top of the charts with a kitschy hip hop tune about shopping at a second-hand store.“Thrift Shop” was well-received not only by fans of hip-hop radio, but also by stations that play rock and pop music. And the duo from Washington state did it all without the assistance of a major label.
Popping tags with only $20 in their pocket, rapper Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) and producer Lewis have captivated the entire music community. The pair’s hits are on heavy rotation across domestic radio stations of all genres, and they've even appearing on TV commercials.
Down to the gator-skin album cover, the two are in complete control of their professional careers. They even hold annual fan-appreciation pizza parties for their most creative devotees. Released in 2012, The Heist reached No. 1 on iTunes album charts and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.