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Macklemore Says Burnout Over Album Success Led To Drug Relapse

7/29/2015 1:28pm EDT
Rapper Macklemore has shared that following the huge success of his album with Ryan Lewis, "The Heist," he slipped back to his old ways and had a drug relapse.

Speaking with the July/August issue of Complex magazine, Macklemore (real name Ben Haggerty), 32, revealed that once he and Lewis, 27, completed the fairy-tale run of success that every artist dreams of -- from number-one singles to multiple Grammy Awards -- the two went back to their native Seattle, Wash., to get started on the album's follow-up.

During that that time, Haggerty found himself starting to smoke weed again, which led...

Macklemore Takes His 'Thrift Shop' To 'Sesame Street' (Watch It!)

1/13/2015 5:05pm EST
Macklemore Joins Oscar The Grouch For 'Sesame Street' Version Of
Seattle-based rapper Macklemore took his hit single "Thrift Shop" to children's show Sesame Street, reworking the lyrics for a sketch with Oscar the Grouch and a few other trash can dwelling puppets.

The singer, real name Ben Haggerty, changed the song's hook from "This is f**king awesome" to "This is gross and awesome" for the song, which is a step below going to the thrift shop as he sings about finding actual garbage to wear.

Last week, the rapper and fiancee Tricia Davis shared what is perhaps the cutest pregnancy announcement ever when they took to YouTube to confirm rumors that the ...

Macklemore & Fiancee Tricia Davis Made The Best Celeb Baby Announcement Ever

1/4/2015 11:29am EST
Macklemore & Fiancee Tricia Davis Confirm Pregnancy Rumors With
Rapper Macklemore and his fiancee Tricia Davis are expecting their first child together, the couple confirmed on Saturday with a heartwarming video on YouTube.

The "Thrift Shop" singer, real name Ben Haggerty, and Davis decided to set the record straight after rumors of a pregnancy began to swirl.

"We wanted to share the news with you ourselves...Love Ben & Tricia," Macklemore wrote on Twitter. He included a link to partner Ryan Lewis' YouTube page, where the video "A Surprise from Ben and Tricia" is posted.

"Today the media speculated about some big news in our life, so we decided to sh...

Drake Disses Macklemore At ESPYs

7/17/2014 6:03pm EDT
Drake still hasn't gotten over losing a Grammy to Macklemore.

Back in January Macklemore and Ryan Lewis reigned over the rap category at the Grammys, much to the chagrin of fans of the genre. Many believed Kendrick Lama should have won many of the awards, and suggested that race may have been a factor in the decision.

Macklemore sent a text to Kendrick Lamar and made the odd decision to take a photo of his text and share it with his fans. It read: "You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It's weird and sucks that I robbed you. I was gonna say that during the Speech. Then the...

Macklemore Responds To Critics Calling Recent Costume 'Anti-Semitic'

5/20/2014 1:00pm EDT
Macklemore Responds To Critics Calling Recent Costume 'Anti-Semi
Grammy winner Macklemore has released a statement defending himself after critics claimed a costume he performed in was anti-Semitic.

Jewish actor Seth Rogen was among the many who bashed Macklemore for appearing at a Seattle event to perform in disguise. The costume consisted of a black beard, a giant nose, and a bowl-cut wig. You can see the costume in the video below. Rogen tweeted:

.@macklemore, first you trick people into thinking you're a rapper, now you trick them into thinking you're Jewish?

— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 18, 2014

Macklemore took to h...

Macklemore Tells Kendrick Lamar 'I Robbed You' Following Grammy Win

1/27/2014 4:03pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Macklemore won four Grammys last night, but he texted pal Kendrick Lamar to let him know he should've won at least one.

The rapper texted Kendrick soon after the Grammys ended, "You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It's weird and sucks that I robbed you. I was gonna say that during the Speech. Then the music started playing during my speech and I froze. Anyway, you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music. Appreciate you as an artist and as a friend. Much love."

Macklemore then posted a photo of his text to Kendrick on Twitter with the caption, "My text to Ke...

2014 Grammys - Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Wins Album Of The Year (UPDATE)

1/26/2014 6:00pm EST
2014 Grammys - Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Wins Album O
The 56th annual Grammy Awards are set to get underway in just two hours, and we'll have full coverage of the winners right here on Starpulse.

Check this page throughtout the course of the night as we'll be posting the winners as they happen.

You can also join in the conversation over at our twitter page (here)

The 2014 Grammy Nominees (winners in bold)

Best New Artist
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo / Group Performance
"Get Lucky", Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Just Give Me A Reason", Pink featuring Nate Ruess
"Stay", ...

50 Best Rap Songs Of 2013

12/28/2013 1:00pm EST
Kendrick Lamar
Ranking favorites from throughout the year is one of the most time-consuming and arduous things to do.  All of the rap songs on this particular list of rap songs from 2013 all stood out to me in some regard.  Are they ordered correctly – most likely not.  Is there complete analysis of each provided below or even a sound reason why they were selected… um…well now… Basically, provided is a statement of a thought, a reaction, or possibly a reason why I though each song was special.  

1) “Blood On The Leaves”

Kanye West

Album:  Yeezus

By far, the best track from Yeezus and arguably the be...

MTV VMAs: Macklemore Hoping To Thank Justin Timberlake For 'Years Of Pain'

8/25/2013 4:44pm EDT
"Thrift Shop" singer Macklemore is hoping to finally one-up childhood rival Justin Timberlake at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards.

The Macklemore & Ryan Lewis rapper, real name Ben Haggerty, spent years in the shadows of Timberlake after the "Suit & Tie" singer bested him numerous times throughout the beginning of their careers.

But Macklemore isn't bitter -- he plans on thanking JT if he wins any of the five awards he's nominated for at tonight's ceremony.

"Justin and I have been competitive for years... It started out as a basketball rivalry, hot dog eating championship, where we ...

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's 'Can't Hold Us' sets a Billboard Hot 100 record

5/10/2013 4:27pm EDT
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's latest single, "Can't Hold Us," has set a new Billboard Hot 100 chart record.

The single, which features Ray Dalton, is the second track from the duo to hit number-one, making them the only duo in history to top the chart with its first two singles.

The rappers spent six nonconsecutive weeks at the top of the charts with "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz) earlier this year, and have ousted P!nk's "Just Give Me A Reason" from the top spot.

The duo's third single, "Same Love," is currently at Number 83.

The top ten is rounded out with Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," R...