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Haggerty was born in Seattle, Washington. His heritage is primarily Irish. Haggerty was six years old when hip hop first came in to his life by way of Digital Underground. According to a YouTube interview with Macklemore, he listened to "parental advisory" music from the radio when he was an underage youth.

Macklemore was 14 when he started writing lyrics. When he started to rap, Macklemore listened to "a lot of East Coast underground hip hop", with Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone, Living Legends, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, and Talib Kweli being big influences on him. Interested in reaching a younger generation through his music, he was a part of a program focusing on education and cultural identity called "Gateways for Incarcerated Youth" where he facilitated music workshops.

He earned a bachelors degree from The Evergreen State College in 2009.


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

 

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

Today's Hits

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

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