The Seattle-based hip-hop artist has had a “crazy” year, partially thanks to the buzz that stations like AMP Radio gave him from the beginning with his killer record “Thrift Shop.” Michelle recounted a story about how radio stations around the country were hitting her about “Thrift Shop” and asking if the song was an “L.A. thing,” but eventually the track caught fire across the world.
Macklemore admits that is exactly what’s been happening in the last year; his music has spread. “As an artist, that’s what you hope for,” Macklemore continued. ‘That’s what you work for. And that’s what you hope the world will get to hear the art that you make…It’s like this never-ending puzzle that you keep adding onto and you wonder when it will finally connect with the people and it will finally be a piece of work that people will get to experience.”
Although there were fears about being a one-hit wonder and the “Thrift Shop” guy, so far, Macklemore has put out two more hits from his sophomore album, The Heist, including “Can’t Hold Us” and the timely “Same Love.”
The popularity of these songs and their accompanying videos have garnered Macklemore six VMA nominations–tied for the most with Justin Timberlake. Mackelmore says that regardless of what happens he just “looks forward to wearing something really crazy” and “having fun.” Maybe he’ll also be able to collect more numbers for possible collaborations. Right now, he only admits to have Sir Mix-A-Lot of “Baby Got Back” fame in his phone. But, Macklemore admitted he’d love to work with some of the biggest names in hip-hop–and music period.
“I would love to do a record with Jay Z. I would love to do a record with Kanye West. I would love to do a record with David Bowie. Bam! I put it out there,” said Macklemore to Michelle. “I met Jay Z the other night and that was a very cool moment. I chucked the deuce in the picture…and I looked down and my hand was kind of shaking. I looked very similar to my grandmother trying to eat chicken.”
“I definitely was starstruck,” laughed the “Same Love” rapper. “You know, he’s just got that aura about him.”
Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist is available now on Macklemore’s label.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles