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Macklemore On Tour For New Album, "The Heist"

Dian Qi |
October 22, 2012 | 12:00 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (via facebook.com/macklemore)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (via facebook.com/macklemore)
Up and coming rapper Macklemore (also known as Ben Haggerty) and his producer Ryan Lewis are currently on their world tour for their new album "The Heist." 

His new album has been well-received by fans and reviews for shows on his current world tour have been overwhelmingly positive. 

Hailing from Seattle, Macklemore is Caucasian and has made a name for himself in an industry dominated mostly by African-Americans. He and Pittsburgh-based rapper Mac Miller (who is also Caucasian) have been described by some as the successors of Eminem for the new generation. 

Much of Macklemore's music often deals with issues such as the crippling nature of drug addiction and pride for his hometown among other themes. "The Heist" also includes a track called "Same Love," in which Macklemore voices his support for equality for the gay community.

"Same Love" has almost five million views on Youtube. The world of hip-hop and rap often indirectly and even sometimes directly condemn homosexuality, making Macklemore somewhat of an ideological pioneer for the industry.

In the song, Macklemore touches on his religious roots and being brought up in church. He doesn't denounce religion as a whole, but does take a stand against religious conservatives that criticize being gay. The social media has reacted positively to the song and has sparked comments and debates on his video regarding religion and its views on homosexuality.

In the coming weeks, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and their team will be making their stops in SoCal. Next Friday, they will be performing in Santa Ana at The Observatory. The following night will see a concert right here in Los Angeles. 

Watch parts of Macklemore's performance on "The Heist" world tour in Amsterdam here.

Neon Tommy will be attending the October 26th show in Santa Ana.

Reach Staff Reporter Dian Qi here.



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