Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are a hip-hop duo from Seattle, Washington, comprised of rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis which formed in 2008. Together they have made two studio albums The Heist, in 2012, and This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.
The Heist spawned two number one singles “Can’t Hold Us” and “Thrift Shop” by mixing poppy, likeable beats with catchy hooks. They also had a hit with the gay rights song “Same Love” featuring Mary Lambert.
Their second album This Unruly Mess I’ve Made was released in February 2016, preceded by the single “Downtown” featuring hip-hop legends Grandmaster Melle Mell and Grandmaster Caz. They also released the controversial song “White Privilege II” as a promotional single, which explored the ideas of white privilege and the Black Lives Matter movement.
In 2016, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis amicably split for the time being and Macklemore has since released a solo album. However, one cannot rule out the possibility that there will be more Macklemore & Ryan Lewis music in the future.