On Friday, Oct. 25, hip-hop superstar duo Ben Haggerty, who goes by stage name Macklemore, and Ryan Lewis are makng their way back to Boise at the Taco Bell Arena for their 2013 World Tour.
The pair recently found fame with their hit songs “Thrift Shop,” “Same Love” and “Can’t Hold Us.”
Haggerty and Lewis got their starts not too far from here, in their hometown of Seattle, Wash. The two met in 2006 with Lewis starting out as a photographer promoting Haggerty under his stage name Macklemore.
Later on the two became friends and Lewis began producing Macklemore’s songs. They released music together starting in 2009. Ever since then, the ball kept rolling.
The duo released their album “The Heist” in October of 2012, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200. The single “Thrift Shop” went No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January of 2013 and stayed there for six weeks.
Macklemore is noted not only for his musical abilities, but for his activism in the LGBT community. His support of the cause is expressed in the song “Same Love.” He is also open about his battles with drug addiction and alcoholism, as seen in the lyrics of his song “Starting Over.”
Together, the duo has turned many heads and has won plenty of awards including the BET Awards Best Group, Billboard Music Awards Rap Song of the Year with “Thrift Shop,” MTV Video Music Awards Best Video with a Message with “Same Love” and MTV Video Music Awards Best Hip-Hop Video with “Can’t Hold Us.”
The last time Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were in Boise was last year at downtown hot spot the Knitting Factory. The two have come quite a long way, upgrading to a much larger venue.
The college crowd has definitely received Macklemore’s music well.
“His music is easy for us to relate to, and it was something different than what’s been coming out for the past few years,” said sophomore athletic training major, Molli Blea. “I’m just psyched for the concert in general and how the audience will be filled with a ton of BSU students. I think it will be a lot of fun.”
Many students will be starting out their weekend at the show and will most likely be talking about it for many weekends to come.
For more information on this event visit tacobellarena.com or the arena box office.