For any artist, having a solid creative partnership is key. Michael Jackson had Quincy Jones, Guru had Premier, Frank Ocean has Malay, and Macklemore has Ryan Lewis. But much-much-much more than a musical cohort, Lewis' role expands into numerous realms. He's Macklemore's DJ, producer, photographer, designer, co-director for music videos and so on. To sum it up, Macklemore as we know him wouldn't exist today, if it wasn't for Ryan Lewis. The duo's independently released project The Heist is almost Gold, and their overly infectious, worldwide chart-topper "Thrift Shop" has so far sold four million copies, making the Seattle champs two of the industry's most talked-about figures of 2012.

So Macklemore is a household name now, but who is Ryan Lewis? How did he get involved with the Seattle MC's career? And what actually went into the creation process of "Wings," "Same Love," and "Thrift Shop"? These are all questions answered by the nifty creator in his own words. Discover the "other" architect behind the biggest indie success in years. —Jaeki Cho (@JaekiCho)