After a wildly successful year, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have confirmed via Instagram, that they are working on a follow-up to “The Heist.” What can be in store for the duo after making thrift shops infamously cool? Maybe something about the McDonalds’ Dollar Menu?
There are still very few details about the content and release date on the new, unnamed album, but coming off the success of “The Heist,” which included two No. 1 hits and seven 2014 Grammy nominations, it’s safe to say the album will garner a pretty big following.
But despite Macklemore’s huge mainstream success last year, he says he still feel like he needs to prove himself to the hip-hop community.
“People are going to be skeptical. I’m a white dude from Seattle. People are rightfully skeptical of white people making Hip-Hop,” Macklemore said in a recent interview with Source Magazine. “Before we sold a million copies of the album, when it was just ‘Thrift Shop,’ before it became massive, they were putting us in a box. The song almost got too big. People weren’t able to see the rest of the album for what it was.”
Judging by that interview, it sounds like he and Ryan Lewis will stear clear of the commercialized, one-hit-wonder route. Less “Kidz-Bop,” more hip-hop, as he says.
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