Macklemore’s The Heist review

Macklemore's The Heist review

The Heist was a huge success by Macklemore and

Adrian Fernandez, Guest Writer

“I wear your granddads clothes; I look in-cre-di-ble.” Many of you probably recognize these lyrics from Macklemore’s hit song, “Thrift Shop”. Although this might be the most popular, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have a variety of unique and catchy songs on their album. Ryan Lewis is the producer of the music while Macklemore raps on it. The Heist was a huge step forward for these musicians.

Macklemore used to be just a normal kid by the name of Ben Haggerty. He was born on June 19, 1983 inSeattle, Washington. He has always had a strong passion for music and started writing his own lyrics at age fourteen. Ben made his own mini album, and later, a full-length album. His career then went downhill because of substance issues, which he talked about in one of The Heist’s songs entitled “Starting Over.” He went to rehab in 2008 and released a mixtape in 2009. He made a commitment to sobriety, met Ryan Lewis, and they worked together until they released their newest album The Heist, which made them famous.

The great part about this album is that there’s something for everyone. Not everyone is into hip-hop, but this album isn’t just that; it’s alternative hip-hop. What that means is that it doesn’t conform to any of the traditional stereotypes of rap. Sounds from jazz, soul, reggae, country, electronica, and even folk are incorporated into this sub-genre of hip-hop. This makes his album a bit more appropriate for most age groups. “I think this album has some great music to dance to in it. Everyone can have a great time listening to it no matter what age,” said an East Lake community mom.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis filled this album with all different types of good music with a main genre of hip-hop. However, Ben Haggerty wrote lyrics that were actually meaningful unlike the stereotype of hip-hop. “Macklemore’s lyrics are creative but also tell a story. His music is definitely something you can jam to, but in my opinion he should try and make music that focuses more on his lyrics because of his talent as a rapper,” said Jakob Bradshaw, an aspiring rapper and producer who goes by the name of “Colorblind” and goes to our very own school.

One of the first songs in the album is “Can’t Hold Us.” It’s a very catchy song along with most on The Heist. Ranked number one on the iTunes top songs list for a while, it has a great beat with an even better piano melody. Although some of his songs are very popular, he also has some really good songs that don’t have as much publicity. “Victory Lap” is the last song on the album and he basically raps about his life and how music has helped him along the way.

The Heist is a great album and I would definitely recommend everyone to at least give it a try. It can be purchased on iTunes for $11.99 or you can get a few of your favorites for $1.29. I’m looking forward to seeing more from Macklemore!