Ben Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly Professor Macklemore, is an American rapper and musician. He began independently releasing music in 2000 and now collaborates with producer Ryan Lewis, violinist Andrew Joslyn, and trumpeter Owuor Arunga. He has gained a significant online fanbase. He has released one mixtape, three EPs and two albums, although none on a major record label. Their single “Thrift Shop” has been viewed on YouTube over 350 million times, and reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2013, selling more than 2.2 million copies. It was the first time since 1994 that a song reached number 1 on the Hot 100 chart without the support of a major record label. Their second single, “Can’t Hold Us” also peaked at #1 of the Hot 100 Chart, making Macklemore & Ryan Lewis the first duo in the chart’s history to have their first two singles both become a #1 single.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released their debut studio album The Heist on October 9, 2012, which charted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
Ryan Lewis (born March 25, 1988) is an American music producer, musician, music video director, photographer, graphic designer and DJ based in Seattle. Along with producing his own album titled Instrumentals, Lewis produced the albums The VS. EP (2009) and The Heist (2012) as a result of his collaboration formed with Macklemore in late 2008. Lewis produced, recorded, engineered and mixed all of the duo’s music, directed their music videos “Same Love”, “Thrift Shop”, “And We Danced”, “Otherside (Remix)”, “Can’t Hold Us” and designed promotional graphics (album art, web design, posters, photography).