Music Review: The Heist

by Italia Gonsalvez

The Heist is the newest album to be released by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Although the album was released on October 8, 2012 it is just now starting to get the recognition it deserves.  Classified by genre it goes under alternative hip-hop.   The first song to go big on The Heist was Same Love, with a nice beat and a message on equal rights. His next song to hit the charts was less political but made its way to number 1, Thrift Shop. 

                The Heist really is a collage of different sounds and ideas to make one final creation which in itself classifies him as an artist not just a musician. Macklemore and Lewis not only put there thoughts into their music but also lyrics, which is hard to find now and days with songs by Justin Beiber and Pit Bull where they don’t really bring out feelings or thoughts. They are just there to fill the time on the car ride home.

Macklemore has a story behind him and I feel like that’s what bring appeals to him. He was an ex drug addict who came from rehab to almost do a reincarnation in his life to change himself to be not only a clean person but a better person

“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. The way, the subjects in which I choose to .. address through my music. And not because I’m, like, trying to make records about them. It’s just that’s what’s important to me. Music is my creative outlet in terms of expressing what is important to me; what has importance, what has a value. And I wanna be respected for that.”  —Macklemore

In 2006 throughout the changes he was making in his life, he crossed paths with Ryan Lewis, music producer, and the two hit it off right off the bat.

As of now Maclemore and Ryan Lewis are going on tour, hitting up the Austin area during SXSW to do shows throughout the Festival.