03 Jun 2014
The whole revealing to people “I’m Ryan Lewis!” was so awkward to me. This segment is kind of similar to the one Fallon did with Robinson Cano and I think I liked that one better.
I found this segment to be really annoying though – am I alone in this?
29 Jan 2014
Jay Z and Beyonce in Michael Costello – wow that dress is so close to some kind of a wardrobe malfunction or a slip? What would we call this?
Read more “The Grammys 2014”
28 Jan 2014
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.
15 Jan 2014
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.
11 Dec 2013
photo cred | Behzod Sirjani
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.
03 Oct 2013
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.
09 Sep 2013
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.
29 Aug 2013
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.
16 Aug 2013
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!
14 Aug 2013
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.”