A few months ago, the name Macklemore had a buzz—people knew a few things about the Seattle rapper, but when he was talked about, especially amongst females, it was usually something along the lines of: "Oh, that new white rapper? He's pretty good I think, but he's really fucking hot." And being really fucking hot doesn't make anyone an artist. (Well, kind of.) It did, however, with Macklemore whose song "Thrift Shop" soared to the top of the charts. But more than his looks, Macklemore was praised as a type of prophet to music, and especially rap music, much to the chagrin of many a rap fundamentalist.
Prophet or not, BuzzFeed did a post last November called 9 Reasons To Fall In Love With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis that praises him for a lot of the things that, well, have already been done. Whether or not you think he's good for rap music—or whether or not you like him—it's hard to dispute that Macklemore's inciting more than a few discussions about what it means to be a part of a genre. Maybe Skinny Friedman said it best in his Noisey piece (titled, modestly, "Why Don't I Like Macklemore?") when he wrote: "It feels like rap for people that don't actually like rap."
And maybe that's what infuriates people about Macklemore so much? Then again, with the type of success he's having, he must be doing something right. Either way: Complex Music has taken it upon ourselves to introduce his non-rap-listening fans to other music they, well, might want to get to know. No shots fired—and we've all seen the Tweet—but here are 10 Other Artists You Should Listen to If You Like Macklemore. Get to listening.
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