Taking to hip hop as a child, he eventually released solo work before succumbing to drug abuse and entering rehabilitation in 2008. Then he teamed up with producer Ryan Lewis, as well as the duo went on to have tremendous success by using their debut record, The Heist, as well as the singles “Thrift Shop” and “Can Not Hold Us,” with millions of copies sold.
His mom proved to be a social worker who supported her son to be encouraging of difference. He took to performing as a kid, and was affected by the likes of hip-hop groups Kris Kross and Digital Underground along with pop star Michael Jackson.
It was at Garfield where Haggerty began to make use of spirits and drugs greatly, though his parents attempted to terminate the habit by transferring him to another school and right into a college-credit plan.
He attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, as well as in 2000 released an EP dubbed Open Your Eyes underneath the moniker Professor Macklemore. He released his full length debut, The Language of My World, in 2005.
Together with the young rapper increasingly going into the limelight, he was consumed by the charisma of sex as well as various drugs, spiraling down in the mistreatment. At his father’s behest, Macklemore entered a 35-day rehabilitation program in summer time of 2008.
Right before he took steps to eventually become sober, Macklemore had met teen DJ and producer Ryan Lewis. Instead of go the original record label path, the duo opted instead to focus on their full length introduction alone, relying on their particular company understanding, tough work, word of mouth and internet buzz. They released the record The Heist in October 2012.
The record’s lead single, “Thrift Shop,” eventually reached the very top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with ultimate revenue of more than 6 million downloads. The video for “Thrift Shop” is becoming a happening at the same time, receiving tens of millions of YouTube views.
A part of the duo’s allure is their invention and reliance on notions and lyrics that go against much of hip hop’s conventional swagger. “Thrift Shop” discussions of a penchant for secondhand clothing, using a chorus sung by Wanz (a onetime software engineer in his fifties), while the Heist tune “Same Love” features singer songwriter Mary Lambert in a party of same sex unions.
Macklemore and Lewis have embarked on a full fledged international tour in 2013.