Born in 1983 in Seattle, Washington USA, hip-hop artist Ben Haggerty, began performing under the name of Macklemore while a high school student there.
Macklemore's debut album "The Language Of My World" arrived in 2005, it was well received by undergroud media who noted his fresh perspective and a striking balance of insight and levity.
After several subsequent years of artistic stagnation and frustration due to substance abuse, Macklemore made a commitment to sobriety with a newfound, more intrinsic dedication to his music. The catalyst to this change was establishing a partnership with Ryan Lewis, an accomplished, consummate artist in design, photography and production, who also collaborated as Macklemore's touring DJ. In 2009 they released their first EP followed a year later by another 6-track digital set and in October 2012 the two put out a full album titled "The Heist" which includes the Alternative top 40 smash single "Thrift Shop".