I awoke this morning to a pleasant surprise in my mailbox. Evidently Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have decided to extend their tour eastward and will hit up Webster Hall in New York on April 16th along with Canadian emcee Shad. Considering I missed out on their show with the Blue Scholars back in September, I'm taking no chances and have already ordered my tickets.
Anyone who follows the site knows that I'm a huge supporter of the group, but even I still can't believe how quickly the duo has blown up. It was only last fall that they were the opening act for Geo and Sabzi, now they're headlining their own national tour. I still find it a little weird. Not that I didn't think Lewis and Macklemore were supremely talented. It's just weird when my friends out at school without any connection to the Town ask about a guy that went to my high school and grew up in the same area code (98103 all day). I still remember back in '05 bumping "White Privilege" and "I Said Hey," when Mack was still a secret known only by those Seattle fans who closely followed the local hip hop scene.
I always thought Macklemore was one of the most talented local emcees, but he completely dropped off the map for a couple years while dealing with substance abuse. He emerged a year and a half ago with new material before teaming up with RL for the jaw-dropping VS. EP.
All the props in the world to these guys. They're two of the best at what they do and deserve all the success in the world. This is a show that I will eagerly anticipate for the next couple months and I highly recommend that any and all frequent readers in the New York area make a point of attending.
Peace, Love, & Hip Hop,
"Kings" (feat. Champagne Champagne)
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