Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Front Status May 2014
During his interview with the publication, the Seattle native chatted about everything from creating his stage name to his friendship with Ryan.
Highlights from Macklemore's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to visit Status!
On the name Macklemore:
"The name was actually made up by myself. I was in a graphic art class and we had a superhero in a plastic... but he had no name and logo. It was our job to create those for him. I came up with Professor Macklemore. That same summer, I went to live in New York City. I was 17 and whenever I could go out thrift shopping, I would buy crazy costumes and outfits and go out on the town in New York and kick it. I would be Professor Macklemore... Eventually, I dropped the professo and Macklemore [became] my rapping name."
"Ryan is definitely one of my best friends in the world. He is somebody that I pretty much see every single day. There are definitely times when we get on each other's nerves and we probably take each other for granted but I think overall, there's real respect, admiration, [and] love between us. That's just what you get when you work with someone all the time and you put everything in your craft. He is a big part of my life and you know, he supports me and I support him."
On his catchy lyrics:
"My music is inspired by everything that I come in contact with. It's more [than] inanimate objects. It's about life. [It's about] certain people, certain meanings [with] any one person. All the rappers that come before me, past or present, anybody, I'm inspired by everyone. But more than that, I'm inspired by life and the life that I live."
On his devoted fans:
"Before there was any media, before that was any buzz about us, before there was a story, there was our fans and it spread organically through them. So without them, there would be no us."
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