It has been a big year for Washington-based rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Between their debut full-length album “The Heist” hitting the top of the charts on iTunes, and coming in at number two on the Billboard rankings, they have enjoyed a plethora of attention and brought in new fans from all over.
Perhaps the most promising event to take place as they enjoy their newfound fame was their recent appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show on October 30, however.
Before Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took the stage to perform the song “Same Love,” which openly supports same sex marriage, Ellen said no other artist in hip hop history has ever taken a stand defending marriage equality the way they have.
When Ellen saw their video, she immediately wanted to share it with her viewers. The talk show host called the pair her “new heroes” for their efforts in backing equal rights for all in America.
The song “Same Love” put Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on the map recently, prior to their album dropping, and hit 10 million views on YouTube.
Following the live performance on Tuesday’s show, Ellen called the song “beautiful “ and “amazing,” as the crowd roared with applause.
Everyone in the audience got a free copy of Macklemore’s new album, as well.
Both Lewis and Macklemore have used social media to their advantage to push their album to the top of the music scene, extending a hand to fans and answering questions through Twitter and on Reddit.
On October 8, hours before “The Heist” was for sale online, Macklemore and Lewis were answering fans’ questions during an “Ask Me Anything” session on the latter’s community forum.
To no surprise, most people wanted to know one thing—if the group would go shopping with them.
“Hey Macklemore, can we go thrift shopping?” asked one fan, referencing the popular track “Thrift Shop,” which chronicles a shopping spree in a second-hand store.
It was the first question Macklemore answered out of the thousands of questions asked by fans.
“Absolutely,” said Macklemore, sending “shivers” through those paying attention to the AMA on Reddit.
Macklemore and Lewis aren’t new to the hip-hop scene, but with recent hits like “Same Love,” and the track “Thrift Shop,” they have grabbed the attention of listeners from every end of the music spectrum.
The recent performance on Ellen surely helped them branch out even further.
The duo is currently doing a world tour, and will be making stops in Boston at the House of Blues on November 15.