Macklemore: “This album has taken two and half, three years to make. It spans a wide variety of different places I was at in my life. I think in terms of breaking down the concepts of it, I rather have people just listen. But, it’s a very personal album. It's me. It’s who I am. It’s who I’ve been in the last three years.
“You know, that person has changed and evolved. But for the most part, I think what people have enjoyed about my music is the core of it is absolutely the same. It’s being honest. It’s sharing myself in a way that brings the listener into my experience, my human experience. That’s from the emotional stuff from the funny stuff from everything in between. But it’s a piece of art that I am really proud of. I think it showcases a period of time in my life.
You want to work on it forever. You want to keep going. You never want to put a period at the end of the sentence because it can always be better.
“You want to work on it forever. You want to keep going. You never want to put a period at the end of the sentence because it can always be better. We eventually had to put a stopping point on it. I think we did it at the perfect time. Now, it’s going to a new chapter of press, putting out music videos, then a tour, and then an album.
“I can’t rap about overdrafting and living in my parent’s basement. I’m not that person right now. I think that’s the advantage of taking a time in a project versus rushing it. There are times when I didn’t feel like I had anything to rap about. No concepts were coming. If you are consistently doing the same mundane routine everyday. That’s just focusing on your career, and how to get bigger, how many fans you had, how to connect with them. If that’s the only thing you are doing, your songs are going to be limited. There were definitely portions of this album where I was like, ‘I am writing the same songs over and over again. I am not breaking out of it.’ But you just have to live life and have different experiences. Push yourself to have those experiences.
There were definitely portions of this album where I was like, ‘I am writing the same songs over and over again. I am not breaking out of it.’ But you just have to live life and have different experiences.
“I allowed myself to do that in the last six or seven months. But it was difficult. I think that’s what all artists struggle with that’s why they have like the sophomore slump. From their first critically acclaimed album is that you get comfortable. Your life isn’t as interesting when you are comfortable. When you are not going through that shit. That shit that writes the songs. Those struggles that turn into pieces of art that people can relate to on a heartfelt level. If you are not experiencing that, it can be challenging for a conceptual writer for myself to dig something up to write about. But we had the time to do it fortunately. And I really pushed myself to think outside the box in terms of the concepts that I wanted to approach on the project.”