After he befriended the rapper Macklemore via Myspace, the two teamed up and afterwards 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. Lewis is noticed for the act’s distinctive, first sounds.
He acquired an interest in music during his youth, playing the guitar and working in media creation. He eventually took up photography at the same time.
“No one was writing about meeting girls on Myspace or checking your messages over and over again.” Lewis worked together with the rapper first as a creative advisor. Afterwards, after Macklemore recuperated from leading substance abuse problems, the two chose to team up and work together musically.
Instead of go the original record label path, the duo opted instead to focus on their full length introduction alone, relying upon their particular informed, tough work, word of mouth and internet buzz. (Lewis is especially known for having a sharp business acumen and drive that belie his years.) They released The Heist in October of 2012. The record, which will be noticed for being a hip hop job that does not have any samples and relies on Lewis’ first sounds, opened at No. 2 on Billboard’s chief record charts.
The Heist’s lead single, “Thrift Shop,” eventually reached the very top of the 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 marriages.
The duo have embarked on a full fledged international tour in 2013.
In April 2014, Lewis disclosed that his mom, Julie Lewis, has lived with HIV for 30 years. Julie Lewis was diagnosed with HIV in 1990, after she’d given birth to two other kids, including Lewis. None of her children got the virus.
Although Lewis’s mom was told she just had a brief time to live, she’s lived with HIV for three decades. To observe her story, Lewis found 30/30, a job with the aim of building health centers around the world to help others living with HIV.