We recently shared our cover story with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who have been hard at work on the follow-up to their 2012 album, The Heist. Today, we get the first taste of what's to come from their much-anticipated project with "Growing Up," a touching record dedicated to Macklemore's daughter, Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty, who was born in May. 

Macklemore offers up important life lessons throughout the song, which ultimately ends with his daughter finding true happiness. Couple that with Ed Sheeran's vocals on the hook, and you might just shed real tears listening to this heartfelt track.

Check out "Growing Up," and read Macklemore's personal message to his fans below. You can download "Growing Up" here.

When you try to escape yourself, life has an interesting way of creating situations that force you to come back. To look at who you are. This is why “Growing up” felt like the right song to re-emerge with. It’s where I’ve been the last year, through all the ups and downs. We didn’t want to do a big campaign or anything over the top with this. We just wanted to put out good music, directly to the people that have been here since the beginning. Thank you for your patience. Hope you enjoy. And if you’re wondering... Our daughter, Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty was born 2 months ago on May 29th. There is nothing like the joy and happiness that comes from bringing a baby into this universe. She has filled my heart in ways that I never knew were possible. She is the love of my life. This song is for her.

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