The quickest way to happiness? Learning to be selfless
Ask more questions, talk about yourself less
Watch the sun set with best friends from a rooftop
Go to festivals, camp, fall in love and dance
You’re only young once, my loved one, this is your chance
Take risks, cause life moves so fast.
Benjamin Hammond Haggerty (born June 19, 1983), known by his stage name Macklemore (/ˈmæk.ləmɔːr/MAK-lə-mor) and formerly Professor Mack Lemore, is an American hip hop recording artist from Kent, Washington. His stage name originated from his childhood; it was the name of his made-up superhero. Since 2000, he has independently released one mixtape, three EPs, and four albums. He has significantly collaborated with producer Ryan Lewis as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Haggerty was born to Bill Haggerty and Julie Schott. Haggerty is one of two boys and was raised with his brother Tim in Seattle, Washington. His ethnicity is almost entirely Irish. Haggerty was six years old when hip hop first came into 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 recorded an EP titled Open Your Eyes in 2000 under the name Professor Macklemore, which he distributed himself. The origin of the name Macklemore is from when Haggerty attended Nathan Hale High School and was required to invent a superhero for an art project  Macklemore dropped “Professor” from his name, and released his first official full-length album, The Language of My World in January 2005. Macklemore first met Ryan Lewis in 2006. Lewis spent a few years working on Macklemore’s promotion as a photographer. They would soon become good friends. Lewis would go on to produce for Macklemore, the two eventually working full-time as a title-credited duo. He appeared as a featured artist on The Physics’ song “Good” in 2009. In 2008, 2009, and 2011, Macklemore performed at Bumbershoot, a major arts and music festival in Seattle. In 2009 he released The Unplanned Mixtape. The latter would reach No. 7 on the iTunes Hip Hop chart. Macklemore’s debut single “The Town” was released from The Unplanned Mixtape and later remixed by Sabzi of the Blue Scholars.
In 2009, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis formalized the collaboration as a duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. They released the EP The VS. EP. They also released “Irish Celebration” in December 2009 in anticipation of the release of The Vs. EP. In March 2010, the duo released “Stay At Home Dad”, a track that didn’t quite make Vs. In October 2010, they created the VS. Redux EP. Macklemore used his experience with substance abuse to create the mixtape’s song “Otherside”, which samples the Red Hot Chili Peppers song of the same title. On April 8, 2011, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed the song at the 2011 Mariners Opening Day in-front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 48,000 attendees. “Wings” was released on January 21, 2011, followed by “Can’t Hold Us” featuring Ray Dalton on August 16, 2011. In February 2011, Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis kicked off a multi-city tour in Seattle, Washington, which included three sold-out shows at Showbox at the Market, a Seattle music venue. That same year, the rapper appeared at many U.S. music festivals, including Bumbershoot, Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, Rock the Bells, SoundSet, Sasquatch, and Bonnaroo.
Their album The Heist was released in October 2012 and debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at number 2 of the week dated October 27, 2012, selling over 78,000 copies. “Same Love” was released on July 18, 2012 and after “White Walls”. In January 2013, Music Choice featured Macklemore in the brand new series “Primed”, which focuses on emerging artists. In May 2013, Haggerty was featured on Clinton Sparks’s single “Gold Rush”, along with 2 Chainz and D.A. The Heist World Tour began in August 2012 to promote The Heist.
In January 2015, Macklemore announced via Twitter that his third studio album would be released sometime in the second half of that year. Despite this, the album was not released until February 26, 2016. On August 5, 2015, Macklemore released a song for free download titled “Growing Up (Sloane’s Song),” which features Ed Sheeran. On August 27, 2015, he released a new song called “Downtown” which features Foxy Shazam vocalist Eric Nally, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, and Grandmaster Caz, which he performed at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards on August 30. On his first tour in two years, An Evening with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Macklemore announced that his new album was finished and ready for release. On January 15, 2016, Macklemore released a teaser video on his YouTube channel revealing the name of his third studio album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, and announcing that it was scheduled to be released on February 26, 2016. On January 22, 2016, the duo released “White Privilege II”, the second single on This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. On February 26, 2016, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released the album This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.
Also in 2016, Macklemore released two solo singles, “Drug Dealer” and “Wednesday Morning”. “Drug Dealer” features Macklemore rapping about his previous addictions and is featured in a documentary that includes clips of Macklemore discussing drug abuse with President Barack Obama. “Wednesday Morning” was released after the 2016 US Election and features Macklemore rapping about the political future of the country. The tracks were produced by Budo.
He became engaged to his girlfriend of seven years, Tricia Davis, on January 21, 2013. On January 3, 2015, he announced on Twitter that he and his fiancée were expecting their first child that May. After the release of “Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)”, which featured British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, the couple announced their daughter Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty had been born on May 29. Following the birth of Sloane, they married on June 27, 2015.
Macklemore voiced his support of LGBT rights and same-sex marriage in the song “Same Love”, which also condemns homophobia in mainstream hip-hop, society, and mass media.
In August 2008, Macklemore admitted himself into rehab for drug addiction and alcoholism, and celebrated three years of sobriety before a brief relapse in 2011, which he describes in his song “Starting Over”. He said in a 2012 documentary that he spent most of his twenties trying to combat his addictions and destructive way of life, saying “I want to be someone who is respected and not just in terms of my music. I want to be respected in terms of the way that I treat people… Music is my creative outlet in terms of expressing what is important to me; what has importance, what has a value. And I want to be respected for that.”
Macklemore dedicated his song “My Oh My” to sportscaster Dave Niehaus, who died in November 2010, with a performance before 50,000 fans who attended the 2011 Mariners Opening Day at Safeco Field. Following the performance, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were each awarded a custom jersey embedded with a Mariners patch. Ryan Lewis announced that all proceeds from the song benefit the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club. Macklemore is also a fan of the Seattle Seahawks and created a 12th Man promotional video as well as performed at the 2014 NFC Championship game in Seattle. Macklemore is still a fan of the now-relocatedSeattle SuperSonics, as he can be seen sporting a Sonics jersey at times.
Macklemore also has an eclectic taste in art, including outlandish garments spouting sequins, fringe and feathers, a kitschy velvet painting of a bald eagle, an oil painting of Drake dancing and a Dan Lacey painting of a nude Justin Bieber.
On 14 May 2016, Macklemore appeared in Barack Obama’s weekly address to talk about the dangers of addiction to opioids and prescription painkillers. Macklemore talked about his own experiences with abuse of painkillers, stating “When you’re going through it, it’s hard to imagine anything being worse than addiction. But the shame and stigma associated with the disease keeps too many people from seeking the help they actually need. Addiction isn’t a personal choice or a personal failure.”