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American hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, based in the Pacific Northwest city of Seattle have over the past twelve months emerged as one of the leading hip hop groups in the United States. A genuine lyricist and an electrifying live performer, Macklemore, with his producer Ryan Lewis, have garnered critical acclaim and a devoted fan base. The duo has generated undeniable momentum with Macklemore’s feature on the cover of the world’s number one hip hop magazine, XXL, as part of their Freshman Class of 2012. A highly anticipated full-length album and accompanying world tour will top off an amazing 2012 for the pair. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ music is distinct for channeling cultural moments and refreshingly self-aware testimony through candid lyricism and expertly crafted production. Their work has captivated listeners around the world, with a combined total of 20 million views on YouTube and a passionate fan following on social media. Their body of work demonstrates an impressive variety of musical influence, experience and subject matter, all in a voice unmistakably their own. Their huge hit ‘Irish Celebration’ has resonated with fans as it speaks of Macklemore’s Irish roots, something that the rapper has a very proud connection to. Performing ‘Irish Celebration’ at the end of Macklemore’s sold out shows in Dublin last year, the rapper called it one of the proudest moments of his life. Macklemore’s 2005 release Language of My World was well received by circles 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 and on-going collaboration with Ryan Lewis, an accomplished artist in design, photography, video and musical production, who also acts as Macklemore’s touring DJ. They released the VS EP in 2009 & VS Redux in 2010, the latter reaching #7 on the iTunes Hip Hop charts. Throughout 2011 they released four highly successful singles, all accompanied by undeniable music videos. As an independent group with no current association with an outside record label, the duo has built their brand from the ground up and retain full creative control of their music, design, photography, merchandise and all other platforms of their artistry.Also in 2011, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis sold-out two national tours packing houses in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and a three-night run at Seattle’s Showbox venue where 3,600 tickets sold out in less than 48 hours.The pair has been featured at a significant number of major festivals and showcases, including the 2011 Rock The Bells Tour, Lollapalooza (IL), Soundset (MN), MusicFest NW (OR), Sasquatch (WA), Outside Lands (San Francisco), and a much-talked about run at SXSW, including a set at the Fader Fort. Perhaps most notable was 2011’s Bumbershoot Festival, where Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed an extended set to 12,000 fans at Key Arena, unprecedented for a Seattle-based hip-hop artist. They also performed “My Oh My” at the Seattle Mariners baseball team’s home game season opener at Safeco Field in front of 48,000 baseball fans.Select publication appearances include the Source’s “Unsigned Hype” column in early 2012, the “Show-And-Prove” feature in XXL Magazine, a front-page feature on the Seattle Times and the cover of City Arts Magazine.Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will release their highly anticipated first full-length album this fall that promises to be their greatest showcase of musical versatility and best work to date. With a sixty five plus city world tour to support the release, the duo is set for remarkable new heights.