Macklemore album review

By Adam J. Babinat
On October 19, 2012


After a solid four years since the duo decided to collaborate as a creative unit, the rapper and producer pairing of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis finally released their highly anticipated debut album, "The Heist," on Oct. 9 to positive critical reviews.

The Seattle-based rapper Macklemore - who debuted as an individual artist back in 2005 with his first official full-length album, "The Langauge of My World" - provides listeners with an array of new material that spans all sorts of topics while also rereleasing some hits that Macklemore and Lewis released from 2009 onward.

"The Heist" opens up with the thought provoking yet inspiring "Ten Thousand Hours" that introduces the album with the story of Macklemore's recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and his journey that ultimately culminates with the album's release. Then, from "Ten Thousand Hours," the duo transitions to the more upbeat "Can't Hold Us," which sets up the album's theme that this pairing will not let anything stand in their way.

With "The Heist," there are a variety of other memorable songs that have already become big party hits, such as the single "Thrift Shop," which features rapper Wanz, in what makes for a refreshingly original, yet extremely catchy song about the joys of going to a thrift shop. Mixed in with some of these more upbeat, humorous songs is a healthy dose of thought provoking, socially conscience music that Macklemore is known for, such as the album's first-released single "Same Love," which features Mary Lambert in order to produce an engaging song that advocates for gay marriage.

While Macklemore & Ryan Lewis produce a brand of socially conscience hip hop that may not make for big hits that everybody enjoy, "The Heist" still provides a refreshing addition to the hip hop scene and makes a solid case that independent artists can succeed without attaching themselves to a major record label.

So far, through the first week of the album, "The Heist" has sold 78,000 units - which marks the best sales week for both Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. In addition to its success through its first week, "The Heist" reached No. 1 on iTunes within hours of the album's release.

If you are looking for new and original hip hop to listen to, definitely be sure to check out the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "The Heist." It is certainly an album worth purchasing, or at the very least giving a chance on YouTube.

By Adam J.

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