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A grassroots success, Seattle rapper Macklemore not only climbed to number two on the Billboard 200 album charts, but with little mainstream help, his 2012 sophomore release debuted with only Mumford & Sons in his way for the number one spot. Born Ben Haggerty and raised in Seattle, he debuted as Professor Macklemore in 2000 with the Open Your Eyes EP. Five years later his debut album, The Language of My World, earned him a local following, but it was his 2010 team-up with DJ/producer Ryan Lewis for the Vs. Redux EP that yielded the Red Hot Chili Peppers-sampling hit "Otherside." With Macklemore's wit meeting Lewis' inventive production, further hits like "My Oh My" and "Can't Hold Us" were spread throughout social media and video-sharing sites, setting the stage for a successful sophomore release. That came in 2012 when The Heist dropped as a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis release, debuting at the number two spot on the Billboard 200. Its "Thrift Shop" topped the Billboard Hot 100, and the album eventually reached platinum sales status. The duo performed another one of the album's singles, "Same Love," at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards during a marriage ceremony for over 30 couples. That night, the duo took the awards for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance. In 2015, Macklemore & Lewis returned with "Downtown," the first single from their second collaborative effort, This Unruly Mess I've Made. The 2016 album also featured "Kevin," a song they debuted live at the 2015 American Music Awards with guest star Leon Bridges, along with the elaborate and politically charged second single "White Privilege II." ~ David Jeffries
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  2.   Claiming The City
  3.   Love Song
  4.   Inhale Deep
  5.   I Said Hey
  6.   Bush Song
  7.   Drug Dealer
  8.   Penis Song
  9.   Church by Geo of Blue Scholars
  10.   White Privilege
  11.   B-Boy
  12.   And We Danced by Ziggy Stardust
  13.   American
  14.   Soldiers
  15.   Remember High School
  16.   My Language
  17.   As Soon As I Wake Up
  18.   Hold Your Head Up
  19.   Fake ID
  20.   Ego
  21.   City Don't Sleep
  22.   Contradiction
  23.   Fallin
  24.   Intro
  25.   Good For You
  26.   The Magic
  27.   At the Party

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