By Lucas Fanning-Haag
Ben Haggerty, known by his stage name, Macklemore, is a 29–year–old MC who was raised in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the heart of the city’s gay and counterculture world. He has been fairly well known on the Seattle music scene since around 2000, and has been steadily gaining attention more broadly ever since.
On October 9, Macklemore and his best friend and producer Ryan Lewis released their much–anticipated full–length collaborative album, titled The Heist. The album remained the top seller on iTunes for four days, unusual for a record released on an independent label.