Started From The Bottom, Now He’s Here.
Just two years ago, Macklemore was featured as a Freshman for our 2012 Class. Within that span, not only as he leapfrogged his class, but a slew of other artists in the game too. Before Seattle became notoriously known as his stomping ground, his hometown was dubbed as the city Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp built. Now the city once destitute of rappers, can smile radiantly at Macklemore. His debut album, The Heist, featuring his partner in crime, Ryan Lewis, rocked the country with “Thrift Shop”, “Can’t Hold Us”, & “Same Love.” The platinum selling album also went on to win four Grammy awards, including Best Rap Album.
XXL wishes Macklemore a happy 31st birthday!