Today In Hip-Hop: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Release ‘The Heist’ One Year Ago

On this day, October 9, in hip-hop history... 2012: Few would have guessed when The Heist sold a relatively modest 78,000 copies in the album's first week of release that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis would have the surprise independent smash album of the year. That is exactly what happened when the duo independently released their debut album on their own label on October 9, 2012. One year, over half a billion views on YouTube and a couple platinum plaques later,  Seattle rapper Macklemore is one of the biggest stars in hip-hop. Debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, The Heist unexpectedly produced ...

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