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Macklemore’s Mess Up

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Oh boy… America’s favorite and definitely Seattle’s favorite rapper Macklemore has done goofed. At a secret performance on Friday night at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Macklemore donned an outfit resembling very closely to a Jewish caricature. For someone who cares so much about equality, you would think that an outfit like this would be completely out of the question for him. That’s why people are so confused! I don’t want to say right away that this is taking away his credibility for everything that he has started and preached, but it definitely doesn’t look good.

To make matters worse, Macklemore didn’t apologize. Upon being called out on it by actor Seth Rogen, Macklemore went on to further deny it and didn’t take responsibility for his actions.

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How is he gonna get out of this one? Today, I found him on Instagram with Seattle Seahawks football player Russell Wilson visiting patients in the hospital (something Wilson regularly does.) Is this timing and appearance a coincidence to distract people from his very offensive costume?

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Oh wait… we do have an apology! You can check it out here. Thoughts anyone?

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The Humblebrag

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So it’s been a few days since this actually happened and everything has kind of blown of since then, but seeing this text made me feel incredibly uncomfortable! No one can deny that Macklemore has done such great things for the city of Seattle and has turned things around in the scene. Locals are excited about him and proud. Taking home as many Grammys as he did on Sunday night was quite the achievement, but it quickly turned sour the next morning when he wrote this tweet and instagramed this text.

It is what we call “the humblebrag.” It wasn’t enough that you couldn’t privately text this to Kendrick, but you had to publicize it as well? Why do people need to see this? You had a standout performance at the Grammys and you married some couples which was kind of cool, but it kind of begs us to ask – what exactly is Macklemore looking for? Another pat on the back? Some more praise and additional respect from fans saying that he acknowledged that maybe he didn’t deserve Best Rap Album, but he’s telling Kendrick that in a personal text and needs the entire world to see it?

I like what Macklemore stands for and he’s done work this year, but this was in poor taste and I didn’t like it.

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Hollis Wong-Wear in Mass Appeal

We have a little bit of something called a “soft spot” when it comes to former Yow Yow! guests getting media attention. Our girl, Hollis Wong-Wear walked the red carpet at the Grammys Sunday evening because if Macklemore and Ryan Lewis had won for Album of the Year she would have gotten to walk up on stage with the group to accept that award. Sadly, the win wasn’t in their favor, but that didn’t mean that the duo didn’t take home plenty of awards including “Best Rap Album.” Though we know her for her rift in “White Walls,” Hollis has played a huge role in the music that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis has made and that’s why we are so darn proud of her and can’t wait for what’s to come from not only her side project “The Flavr Blue,” but her solo project that she has slightly teased us with.

Check out her interview with Mass Appeal here and her Billboard interview on the red carpet here.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Take Over A NYC Bus

We’ve always been a huge fan of spontaneous shows and performances on Yow Yow! and this one is no different. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hopped on a NYC bus recently to perform their hit single “Can’t Hold Us” and at first everyone seems a little bit confused, but by the end of it everyone has pretty much gotten on board.

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Hollis Wong-Wear for Billboard Magazine

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One of the best parts about writing for Yow Yow! is having the opportunity to interview individuals that I admire and individuals that do something completely different with their craft than I do. We were thrilled to have Hollis on the blog earlier this year as part of our “Women Who Are Making It” series. We always knew that she was going to be a big deal someday and she’s well on her way to getting there. Recognized for her chorus in Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “White Walls” along with being an all-around icon in the Seattle music scene for her work behind the scenes on their music videos and working with Blue Scholars, Hollis is a woman of many talents. She has her own band, The Flavr Blue, which I listen to daily and now she’s got an article by Billboard Magazine. You can read it here.

Congrats Hollis! No one is more deserving than you and we’ll be rooting for you every day.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis To Release Documentary

David Bitton is collaborating with the Seattle hip hop duo to bring to audiences a documentary that highlights their life on tour in a new series. The documentary will focus mainly on their first international tour. The project is the first installment of Bitton’s denim brand’s “Blank Check Series” which will include a variety of artists who will produce their own content.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will debut the first of five films tomorrow via their social media networks and on their website. If it’s on YouTube, we’ll probably throw it up here on the blog for you all.

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Music Video of the Day

Readers!

I am currently right in the middle of the biggest move of my life so I hope you’ll be patient with me as there won’t be very many posts for the next couple of weeks. Regardless, you don’t have to worry about Yow Yow! going anywhere, we just might not be “on top” of the news as we are used to. Today Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released their latest music video for their single “White Walls” and we’re huge fans because

a) it features Hollis Wong-Wear and we pretty much love her here at Yow Yow!

b) it was filmed in Capitol Hill – granted people were at this shoot for hours and less than a minute of it was featured, but it’s still cool because… city pride, right?

c) the group highlighted Dick’s – my favorite burger joint that I will miss moving down the coast.

I feel so lucky and privileged to have worked with all four of these individuals in the past, but mainly Hollis through Yow Yow! and Schoolboy Q through my work in the music industry. It’s amazing to see the four of them together in one video.

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Performance of the Day

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Schoolboy Q, and Hollis performed their single “White Walls” on Jay Leno the other night and it was spectacular. I feel very privileged that I have had the opportunity to work with all four of these individuals in some capacity.

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Proud Blogger Moment

This morning, former Yow Yow! interviewee Hollis Wong-Wear performed the hit single “White Walls” alongside Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on Good Morning America! I watched the program as long as I could before I headed off to work, but unfortunately had to miss the performance. Luckily, there’s a thing called YouTube that always comes in for the clutch. Congrats Hollis – you looked fantastic!

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Macklemore Covers Rolling Stone

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Our favorite Seattle rapper is covering the latest issue of Rolling Stone out this coming Friday, August 16th. In his cover story – also featuring Ryan Lewis – the two discuss Macklemore’s background as a recovering alcoholic and drug addict while Ryan highlights the issue that people don’t understand what he does and how is he a part of this duo. It’s true; that’s what most people believe. I really enjoyed the preview of this article though and am looking forward to reading the entire story on the both of them.

The cover story, by Brian Hiatt, goes in-depth on the life and career of Ben Haggerty, a.k.a. Macklemore, and his musical partner, Ryan Lewis. Haggerty, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, says that at one point he was so worried about being trivialized as “the ‘Thrift Shop’ guy” that his sobriety was at risk: “I went through a place of not being happy, getting put in the box of ‘This is a novelty rap song,’ and being like, ‘What did I sign up for’?” But the success of the pro-gay-rights track “Same Love” helped him relax. “The legacy that I’m leaving on the world is more than just a song about second-hand clothes,” he says.

Lewis, meanwhile, acknowledges some concerns about being the lesser-known half of the duo. “I think on the mainstream level, nobody knows what the fuck I am. Am I the DJ? Do I make the beats? Do I rap? Am I singing on tracks? I don’t think a lot of people know except real fans who have been around. I mean, you guys, Rolling Stone, don’t want to put me on the cover. It’s like, you’re going to sell more copies with Ben’s face. Why is that? Because the general public, based on the way this whole thing’s been marketed… are going to be more receptive to ‘Macklemore.’ The public don’t care how the song came together. And I can’t change that. So if I have jealousy, deriving from that, then that’s just stupid.”

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Collaboration We Like Of The Day:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Tegan and Sara – Same Love

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We’re doing some very quick posts today, but we promise that so much more is on its way this weekend!

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Song of the Day

I listened to this song on the radio this morning when it woke me up as my alarm and I love how Mary Lambert who sings with Macklemore on “Same Love” turned the chorus from that song into a real song. It’s such a sweet little number.

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In Case You Missed It…

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I know y’all were looking for some Macklemore coverage in Seattle last night because one of today’s top post on Yow Yow! is about a secret show I posted about him from last summer! I was posting about yesterday evening’s event on my Twitter, but thought I would save the recap for today once I had full details.

Yesterday afternoon, rumors were in a flurry that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis would be filming their new music video “White Walls” on top of the iconic Dick’s Drive In on Broadway in Capitol Hill. Fans were told to keep this a secret – but let’s be real, people in Seattle can’t keep secrets! By 7PM, there were well-over a 1,000 people waiting for the music video to begin shooting. Of course, Macklemore and Ryan didn’t arrive until much later, but fans were dedicated and stayed through the entire shoot just to catch a glimpse of our famed hometown rapper. Here’s a YouTube video and some photos that I thought were worth sharing. All photos come to you courtesy of the Capitol Hill Seattle blog.

And while I chose not to make it to the event last night, I’m sure it was the highlight of the summer for many young fans. Also, we’re so excited to see our former Yow Yow! interviewee Hollis in this music video!

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Cover of the Day

Dia Frampton – Same Love [Macklemore & Ryan Lewis cover]

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