Macklemore, formerly known as Professor Macklemore, is a popular American rapper coming from settle in the United States. He used to be popular and then went off a hiatus only to come back as a much more popular rapper. Today he is widely spoken about.
His collaboration with Ryan Lewis brought him several Grammy Awards. Their collaboration was praised and extremely popular not only because the beat was nice and the music was catchy, but also because the lyrics were very smart.
He is also appreciated for the social messages he sends through his lyrics, including political and anti-homophobic messages. He is one of the many modern stars that promote liberal values and therefore is gaining a pretty young fanbase.
He is a supporter of the gay movement because he feels that no one should be discriminated for their sexuality. This is why a lot of his fans feel very safe in the fandom.
Macklemore was born with a real name Benjamin Hammond Haggerty on June 19, 1983, in the town of Seattle in Washington, In the United States. He is very thankful for the fact that he was born there because there was much more chances he was getting than the rest of the singers and songwriters who were out of the States. He had the opportunity to meet all of the best managers as well.
Benjamin, who was often called Ben, was one of two sons of his father Bill Haggerty and his mother Julie Schott. He is very well connected to his siblings and his parents and grew up very close to them.
His brother is named Tim. The brothers spend most of their childhood in their birth town of Seattle. They used to spend a lot of time together.
Ben is of Irish heritage and has the same physical characteristics which show up his Irish descent. He used to be teased about it, but he eventually grew over it and therefore used to speak about confidence as well.
He was a kid of six when he started listening to hip hop and all other similar music which had „parental advisory” labeled on it. He was always very passionate about music and paid attention to the lyrics, which his parents didn’t like too much, but they raised him to be very tolerant anyway.
As a teenager of 15, Benjamin got interested in writing lyrics and has spent a lot of time doing that. He wanted to become famous and spread a specific message and that’s why he worked very hard to make that dream come true and play in big arenas one day.
He was under the influence of East Coast hip hop performed by Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, and Talib Kuveli. He loved the way these artists tried to affect the problems in society and supported young people with their dreams.
He started singing to his own lyrics and started helping in the „Gateways for Incarcerated Youth“ with music workshops involving it. He wanted to raise awareness about the bad things happening around during people’s teenage years because he almost fell into them himself.
He tries to help youth in correctional facilities with their struggle in life and being let down by their parents or teachers.
He knows that a lot of them were neglected or homeless so he tried to show them they can succeed no matter what. He worked really hard to spend some time with them and help them financially as well and when he became really famous, he started to invest large amounts of cash into organizations that help all of these people.
He was a student at Garfield High School and later he attended Nathan Hale High School. It was in Nathan Hale that he came up with his stage name „Professor Macklemore“. He just thought it was cool and sounded good, but he later decided to switch it up when he became a bit more popular.
During the time he was in Garfield he was the main creator of a hip hop group named „Elevated Elements“. In 2000 this group managed to release an album. It was titled „Progress“.
After finishing high school he continued his education at The Evergreen State College and he graduated there in 2009. He says that people always think he is a high school dropout for some reason and he always tries to prove that he is not one but people don’t listen.
In 2000, Ben made his own mixtape. It was titled „Open Your Eyes“ and he released it on his own, and distributed it on his own. He was very independent and wanted to get the best of his work.
He went from „Professor Macklemore“ to just „Macklemore“. It took him a long period of time to make music for his album called „The Language of My World“.
He released it at the beginning of 2005. The leading single from the album was named „Love Song“ and it was featured by a singer Evan Roman.
In 2006, Ben was introduced to Ryan Lewis, who became his good friend but they started collaborating much later. Macklemore also performed at the music festival Bumbershoot in 2001, 2008and 2009.
In 2009 he has released his 2nd mixtape called „The Unplanned Mixtape” which eventually came to No.7. on the iTunes charts. He was very proud and his fanbase was getting quite large at this point.
The best singles were „The Town“ and „And We Danced“ and both songs were later remixed by other artists.
In 2009, he started his collaboration with his friend Ryan Lewis, who was both DJ and rapper and photographer too. He never thought that they would get along that well, but they did and it was one of the best things that happened to Macklemore’s career.
They became a duo named „Macklemore & Ryan Lewis”. They soon released an EP named „The VS.EP.” They were a really good duo and the media actually loved them. They did a bunch of interviews and challenges because they are both very likable.
In the spring of 2010, they have released they’re single named „Stay at Home Dad”. By the end of the year, they had a new EP titled „VS. Redux”.
They have released two singles in 2011 called „Wings” and „Can’t Hold Us“. The later one was featured by Rad Dalton.
In the summer of the same year, the duo started a tour in Seattle. They have appeared on a large number of festivals that year, from Bumbershoot to Bonnaroo.
In 2012 they have released their new album „The Heist“ which reached Np.2 on Billboard 200 chart and was a huge hit. They started a tour „The Heist“ the same year. In January 2013 he was the guest of a series titled „Primed“.
In 2013 he appeared as a guest on a single „Gold Rush” by Clinton Sparks. It wasn’t a huge success, but the Mac needed every bit of publicity he could get and this helped as well.
The duo eventually won four Grammy awards. They received Grammy’s in the categories of Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance in 2014.
“The Heist” was the best album, and the “Thrift shop” was the best song. It was insanely popular for half a year and is probably his most popular song to this day. If you ask people if they know about him, their first association will surely be this song.
“Thrift Shop” became a huge hit made by duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. It was released in August 2012 and it featured Wanz.
Through this song, Macklemore wanted to show how he himself appreciates thrift shops and being modest instead of flashing money, jewelry and other expensive stuff like most rappers do.
Song became a hit due to its humorous lyrics and the way he criticized society.
In 2015 Macklemore’s song available for free download named „Growing Up“ was released. It was made in collaboration with Ed Sheeran.
His other song „Downtown“ was also good received and he performed it at 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
In 2016 Macklemore and Ryan have released their new album named „This Unruly Mess I’ve Made“.
„Drug Dealer“ and „Wednesday Morning“ were also released. These tracks were produced by a known producer named „Budo“.
In 2017, Macklemore released the information that his duo with Ryan was on pause.
In the summer of 2017, Macklemore created „Glorious“, a song featured with Skylar Grey.
He also released a single called „Marmalade” with a guest appearance of Lil Yachty, a known American rapper.
His collaboration with Kesha titled „Good Old Days” was also a success. He has released his new solo album titled „Gemini” in September 2017, and the album was again produced by Budo.
He performed his song „Same Love“ at the opening of the finals of the NRL (National Rugby League) in Sydney.
This performance caused a lot of controversies since Australia was in the middle of voting on gay marriage and he was known as the supporter of gay marriages.
He decided to sing his song “Same Love” which was considered as a kind of LGBT anthem and after the media found out about it a petition was started to ban him from singing.
Although nearly 20 thousand people signed the petition the National Rugby League refused to ban him the performance.
So he sang his song alongside Mary Lambert and the screens on the stadium displayed pro-LGBT messages.
He also released multicolored balloons into the air and the audience.
After this, his song went to No.1 on Australian charts.
He even donated a part of his earnings to the campaign for gay marriages.
In 2017 he announced a tour with Kesha, which was made in 2018. It was titled „The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore”.
He often performs in concerts against addictions and was one of the performers at „Recovery Fest“ in Rhode Island.
He has dedicated one of his songs „My Oh My“ to Dave Niehaus, a sportscaster who died in 2010 and whom he highly respected.
Macklemore is a big fan of the NFL club „Seattle Seahawks“ and has made promotional videos for them.
He wears their jersey often, at home and also on his concerts.
In 2016 he appeared on TV to talk about addiction to opioids and painkillers as a part of Barack Obama’s weekly address.
It is announced that he will receive „Stevie Ray Vaughan Award“ in May 2019 because of his support and help in raising awareness for addictions.
He earns a lot of money by appearing in commercials. He has appeared in the Dr. Pepper commercial alongside his longtime collaborator Ryan Lewis. It was in 2014.
In February 2013 one issue of ESPN Magazine wrote a big story about Macklemore’s career.
In 2013, Macklemore got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Tricia Davis and in 2015 he released an announcement on Twitter that she was pregnant.
His loving daughter brought joy to them with her birth as Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty. She was born on May 29, 2015. The couple got married after Ava was born.
In 2017 they release information that they are going to have another child who was born in April 2018.
Macklemore is a supporter of LGBT and same-sex marriage of which he spoke in his song „Same Love“. He is against all kind of homophobia.
In 2008 he entered a rehab from alcoholism and drug abuse which he eventually has beaten.
He relapsed again in 2011 and managed to rise back. He described his experience in one of his songs called “Start Again”.
In 2017 he was in a car crash but wasn’t injured at all. He is Roman Catholic.
He is a big fan of the Vietnamese kitchen and he likes Vietnamese Pho best.
As for sports, he is a huge fan of baseball and he is a fan of the Seattle Mariners. As for football, he likes the Seattle Seahawks very much.
The rapper was involved in a controversy due to his beliefs regarding 9/11 conspiracy theories which he supported.
Full name: Benjamin Hammond Haggerty
Date of birth: June 19, 1983
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Profession: rapper, singer, songwriter
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 74 kgs