I was traveling last night, so I missed most of the Grammys. I tuned in for about four minutes, in which I caught 34 couples getting married by Queen Latifah. It was like one of those strange, “Wizard of Oz”-type dreams that would be hard to explain: “It was the Grammys and Madonna was there and Macklemore and it was a giant wedding!”
Yeah right. But really. That happened. The Grammys went there. And it was pretty amazing. Keep reading »
The Grammy Award nominees were announced last night and the results were about what you’d expect — lots of nominations for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry Justin Timberlake and, yes, Robin Thicke. I’m most excited that Kendrick Lamar got a lot of love, but am DISMAYED that Janelle Monae was overlooked. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump! Keep reading »
Village Voice: How do you feel about the critiques from the LGBTQ community about Macklemore being the figure delivering this message?
You mean, someone that’s a straight white male speaking on behalf of the entire gay community? [Laughs]. I’ve definitely heard that, and I understand where people are coming from. I think it’s also important to acknowledge what intention is and the actual lyrics of the song because the song is not appropriating the struggle of a gay person. It’s coming from his experience which is an ally. And I think he does it in a really peaceful, thoughtful way. I think anyone, to be on such a massive platform, who gives a nod to this, I think it’s really commendable. And sure, it would be great if it were someone else who were gay. The good news is that I’m gay and part of the song, too! [Laughs]. I feel like it’s just all the right pieces of the puzzle. It’s interesting how people are so negative! It’s important to question and deconstruct the straight institution, but it’s also important to stand back and think about [the fact] that this song actually exists and has taken off.
Mary Lambert is the voice who sings the heartstring-tugging chorus on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ smash hit “Same Love.” Although I know she’s been vocal about coming out in the Pentecostal church, as well her sexual abuse and bipolar disorder, I haven’t read her thoughts before on the criticisms that have been lobbed against Macklemore (aka Ben Haggerty). Keep reading »
A clever guy by the name of Andrew Hales thought he would get Halloween off to a head start and show up to a Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert dressed like Macklemore himself. The lanky blond arrived at the Maverick Center in Utah before the concert began, decked out in a Macklemore-style outfit of a hoodie, sneakers and sunglasses. Hales’ friends filmed him as he fooled fans into thinking he was, in fact, the famous rapper. The best part of the scheme was when he managed to talk security into letting he and his friends into the venue before the show started by insisting he was the performer. I am impressed! You have to admire this guy for his creativity. I’m also LOLing imaging how many fans uploaded gloating iPhone pictures of this guy to their social media thinking it was the real Macklemore. [MISS Info]
If you really want your Macklemore costume to be authentic, you would purchase all of the elements from your local thrift shop. All you need is a faux fur coat, either a pro-gay marriage T-shirt (a reference to his song “Same Love”) or a sports Jersey (the Bulls or Sonics or Celtics), gold chains, high top kicks, black jeans and cool shades. Cheat the hair — no need to shave the sides — by pulling the sides of your hair back really tight, pompadour-ing the middle section, and tying it back into a bun. BOOM. America’s hottest white rapper right now. Get the deets on the non-thrifted pieces above after the jump!
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Macklemore’s “Same Love” is a great song from a straight guy about accepting people regardless of their sexual orientation. But I love hearing rapper Angel Haze — who describes herself as pansexual — freestyle on the track about her own experience coming to terms with her sexuality. Check it out below!
Cat-holding! You’re doing it wrong. Let Macklemore show you how to properly wrangle and pet a cat — especially one who displays a shocking level of indifference/hatred regarding your very existence. It can be done, and Macklemore can help you do it, but you’ve got to be careful. Other suggested future Macklemore how-to videos include “How To Be Macklemore’s Girlfriend” and “How to Get Macklemore To Make Out With You.” Just a suggestion. [YouTube]
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won big at Sunday night’s VMAs, taking home two moon men, one for the song “Same Love,” which features a stirring vocal hook from singer Mary Lambert. After winning the award, Lambert took to the stage with Macklemore and surprise guest Jennifer Hudson to sing the track and pretty much brought down the house. We were moved by Lambert’s performance, and wanted to know more about the 24-year-old Seattle, Washington-based singer. After the jump, five things you should know about the vocal powerhouse that is Mary Lambert. Keep reading »
The rapper Macklemore (AKA Ben Haggerty) has always seemed to me like one of the most genuinely good people in the entertainment business. Today, I have little doubt about it. This week, he privately visited a college junior named Sam, who is suffering from leukemia, in the hospital. One of Sam’s friends posted an image of Sam and Macklemore posing together on Reddit; it caught the attention of media outlets and in response, Macklemore penned a response on his website. Keep reading »