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  • Ben Haggerty (born June 19, 1983), better known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly known as Professor Macklemore, is an American musician
  • Macklemore works with Ryan Lewis (producer), Andrew Joslyn (violin) and Owour Arunga (trumpet)
  • Haggerty has been releasing music independently since 2000, and has since gained a significant online fanbase
  • He has released one mixtape, three EPs and two albums without mainstream support
  • His music videos "Same Love" and "Thrift Shop" have been viewed on YouTube more than 11 and 45 million times, respectively
  • Macklemore released his debut studio album The Heist on October 9, 2012, which entered at number 1 on the US iTunes download charts and No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 charts, selling 78,000 copies in the first week
  • Growing up in Seattle, Washington, Haggerty attended Garfield High School and Nathan Hale High School, going on to earn a bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College
  • Interested in reaching a younger generation through his music, he took a job at a juvenile-detention facility
  • There, he was a part of a program focusing on education and cultural identity called "Gateways for Incarcerated Youth" where he facilitated music workshops
  • Though he was not born to a musical family, both of his parents were supportive of his musical ventures
  • Macklemore was seven years old when hip hop first came in to his life by way of Digital Underground
  • As he grew older, he and his friends would spend their summers making tents to stay in, listening to the radio, and making dubs and mix-tapes of played songs, as they were unable to buy any due to being underage and without parental consent.[6] Macklemore was fourteen when he started writing lyrics.[5] At this age, his friends would refer to him as Möcklimore.[5] Attending Garfield High School, Macklemore observed a strong racial divide
  • Despite living in an all-white neighborhood, his school was racially diverse
  • Macklemore states he came to reflect on his ignorance of social status at the time and how race impacted the areas where one was able to live and to work
  • Macklemore has one sibling, named Tim Haggerty, who currently works as an English teacher


Same Love (feat. Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert)
White Walls (feat. ScHoolboy Q)

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Can't Hold Us (feat. Ryan Lewis)
Thrift Shop (and Ryan Lewis)

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