Poor Ryan Lewis. He gets stuck playing second banana to the admittedly more expressive Macklemore. In their early days, it was easy to be unsure who was who. Grammy Awards and countless live performances later, most people either think of Lewis as an also-ran — if they even know who he is or what he does.
The Grammys—the worst award show—were last night. Things happened! Macklemore saved gay marriage. Daft Punk won Album of the Year. Pharrell wore a funny hat. And, of course, Taylor Swift awkwardly danced during every song.
Katy Perry opened Sunday's American Music Awards in geisha drag. Or maybe it was Madonna circa '99 drag. Either way, and as usual, her look and performance were tedious and bereft of personality. Perhaps Perry realized the best she could do was make Twitter users cluck their tongues, and inspire think pieces in which the word "problematic" would feature prominently.
One night not long ago, "two-hit-wonder" Macklemore and his sidekick Ryan Lewis decided to randomly crank call a person who was scalping tickets to one of their shows for $65 a pop.
Earlier this week, Forbes released its annual breakdown of "Hip-Hop Cash Kings"—the highest-paid rap artists of the last year. It's an interesting calculation for many reasons, including the revelations that Pitbull made more than Drake, that both Nicki Minaj and Avicii brought in more than Kanye, and that the top 20 spots contain five white guys, one of whose names rhymes with Tacklebore.
Before he was basically the biggest rapper in the country, with back-to-back No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 ("Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us"), and another Top 20 track (the treacly gay-equality anthem "Same Love"), rapper Ben "Macklemore" Haggerty wrote a song called "White Privilege." (Sample lyrics: "Where's my place in a music that's been taken by my race / Culturally appropriated by the white face.")
Racialicious has a piece today about the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song "Same Love" (featuring Mary Lambert), and people seem to care about it. The gist of "Race + Hip-Hop + LGBT Equality: On Macklemore's White Straight Privilege" by Hel Gebreamlak is that because Macklemore, a white indie rapper based in Seattle, did not say something the way Hel Gebreamlak would have said it, Macklemore is wrong. How internet of Gebreamlak.
Racking up over 350,000 views in just one day, the music video for "Same Love," the latest single from Seattle-based underground rapper Ben "Macklemore" Haggerty and producer Ryan Lewis, is so popular, its success could very well have a strong positive impact on the outcome of a local initiative to legalize same-sex marriage.