Ben Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly Professor Macklemore, is an American rapper.
Since 2000, he has independently released one mixtape, three EPs and two albums and significantly collaborated
with producer Ryan Lewis.
Ryan Lewis is an American music producer, musician, and DJ based in Seattle
In 2006, Lewis befriended Macklemore on MySpace.
Lewis became a professional photographer and started to take photos for Macklemore.
The duo became very good friends.
As a result of this friendship formed with Macklemore the two teamed up.
Lewis produced, recorded, engineered, and mixed all of the duo's music, designed promotional graphics,
and directed all their music videos.
Macklemore's and Lewis' single "Thrift Shop" reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2013.
It was the first time since 1994 that a song reached number 1 on the Hot 100 chart without the support
of a major record label.
Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis
Also known as
Macklemore - June 19, 1983 ( age
) in Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Ryan Lewis - March 25, 1988 ( age
in Spokane, Washington, U.S.
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Rapper, Producer, DJ
Macklemore took the name of a superhero he drew up for a junior-high homework assignment,
Professor Mackelmore, and used it when dressing up in "crazy costumes."
"I did some thrift shopping. I would buy these outrageous, crazy costumes;
like plaid golf pants and crazy furs. Every time that I would wear these outfits I
would call myself Professor Macklemore and then I’d go out on the town and kick it."
He later dropped "professor" and went by Macklemore as his stage name.
Scientific Shaman, Blue Scholars, Debaser
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Awards
Grammy Award for Best Rap Album - The Heist
Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance - Thrift Shop
Grammy Award for Best New Artist