Macklemore, an American singer, rapper and songwriter, can be found at the top of the list of entertainers who have captured the hearts of music lovers. The versatile entertainer has thoroughly explored the hip hop, alternative hip hop, and rap genres and has gained the attention of music lovers all over the world. Over the years, Macklemore has metamorphosed from a curious little boy who came into contact with hip-hop by way of Digital Underground to a household name in the entertainment industry. It is safe to say that he is living the dream.
The young rapper went into collaboration with the music producer Ryan Lewis in 2009 and together, they formed the critically acclaimed hip-hop duo – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. They rose to superstardom with the hit number Thrift Shop and through the course of their tremendously successful collaboration, they have bagged several well-deserved awards and accolades.
A few of their awards include Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance for their song Thrift Shop, Best New Artist, Best Rap Album for the album Heist and Best Rap song. However, after over eight years of resounding success, the duo saw the need for personal creative spaces and made the decision to go their separate ways.
Who Is Macklemore?
Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, professionally known as Macklemore, was born on the 19th of June 1983 in Seattle Washington. His mother, Julie Schott who was a social worker and his dad, Bill Haggerty raised him up alongside his only sibling Tim Haggerty.
On the rapper’s educational background, Macklemore attended Garfield High School before transferring to Nathan Hale High School. During his years at Nathan Hale, he took on the stage name “Professor Macklemore”. His years at Garfield were also musically eventful; along with a few other students, the young rapper started ‘Elevated Elements’, a hip-hop group which released its debut album, Progress, in 2000. After his high school graduation, the aspiring rapper proceeded to The Evergreen State College where he bagged a degree in 2009.
Macklemore began writing songs during his teenage years and in a bid to reach out to the youth through his songs, he became part of a program popularly known as Gateways for Incarcerated Youth where he had easy access to a platform to organize music workshops targeted at the younger generation.
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The popular rapper has an estimated net worth of $20 million which he has accrued through his career in the entertainment industry. His annual income is not public knowledge, but the renowned rapper has recorded an amazing success in all his endeavors. His hit song Thrift Shop sold over 2.2 million copies and still counting, so there is the expectation that his present net worth will appreciate to a higher figure in the nearest future.
Is He Gay?
For those who are curious, the renowned rapper is undoubtedly straight. He has also been in a long-term relationship with a woman for over a decade. However, he is a strong supporter of LGBT rights.
His Wife – Tricia Davis
The talented entertainer has always been a one-woman man, on the 21st of January 2013, he became officially engaged to Tricia Davis whom he had been dating for seven years. The duo then had their first child, a beautiful baby girl named Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty who was born on the 29th of May 2015.
The couple decided to finally tie the knot and on the 27th day of June 2015, the two were wedded in a lovely ceremony. Macklemore and Tricia were blessed with a second daughter named Colette who in March 2018.
The hip-hop entertainer appears to be a devoted father to his kids as well as a loving husband to Tricia. Macklemore’s desire to spend as much time as possible with his family influenced his decision to build an in-house recording studio in the basement of his home.
Height and Weight
Macklemore has a notable slim physique and stands at a height of 5 feet 10½inches. His weight is listed as 74 kg (163 lbs). The blue-eyed rapper with natural blonde hair has the general body measurement of 40-13-36 in which is broken down as chest – 40 inches, bicep -13 inches and waist -36 inches.