I feel an overwhelming sense of pride when I watch this video. Not for myself, but for this duo, whose story I really only know a sliver of, but whose journey has been an inspiration to me and so many others.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are truly a testament to the nature of hard work and the pure pursuit of passion. They are artists. But they didn’t wait for someone to applaud their work, or to receive a stamp of approval (Hint: No great artists do). They didn’t need the validation of a record label. They created art for art’s sake. They poured out their all to whoever would listen. As Seth Godin says they picked themselves and people were mesmerized by it.
Like many great artists they inspire me to create, to be vulnerable, and always be improving. Get a window into their crazy past year in this Macklemore and Ryan Lewis tour finale video.
[My wife and I had the chance to see them perform during Grammy week in downtown LA. The hype is real. These guys are great performers.]
This tweet says it all… Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the first duo to have their first two songs reach #1 on the charts. If you don’t know there story a) you’re not from the Pacific Northwest and b) you should learn it.
It’s an encouraging story of triumph from addiction and blazing a trail toward success based on hard work and generating a loyal following.
These guys are an inspiration to me and many others. Needless to say, I’m impressed.
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS – “CAN’T HOLD US FEAT. RAY DALTON”
I’m sorry, but I just don’t think this was the original intent Macklemore had in mind when he wrote this awesome and inspiring song. There is just something wrong when some of these people sing the lyric about wanting “gold fronts” and being raised by the Wu-Tang Clan.
Thanks youtube for keeping it interesting. If you want to see the real and amazing music video for the song go HERE.
If you are from Seattle, or have any friends there, chances are you have heard of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. If not, you will soon. They just released their first full length album and its making a splash. I would attribute this to the amazing hooks and melodies brought by Ryan and the relentlessly honest prose of Macklemore. Songs discussing same-sex marriage, addiction, and thrift shopping (seriously) make up the breadth of content that speaks about real people to real people.
I had a hard time choosing just one song, but please enjoy that one below…
“A Wake (feat. Evan Roman)” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis