Macklemore has been rapping since long before he met producer Ryan Lewis and released rocketing singles “Thrift Shop” and “Can't Hold Us.”
If the rapper performed only the 15 songs on his 2012 album with Lewis, “The Heist,” it would be a short set.
We went through his discography (two studio albums, a few EPs and almost a dozen singles) to pick his five best songs. Here's hoping Macklemore fits them into his set on Tuesday at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
“Can't Hold Us”
From 2012's “The Heist,” this tune has Macklemore dropping lightning-quick rhymes over a stomping, clapping beat that's makes for a perfectly motivational song. If it's not on your workout playlist, it should be.
Who hasn't walked into Goodwill lately and thought of this tune? It's odd spoken beat, horn melody and lyrics about popping tags and wearing your “granddad's clothes” makes this the perfect sleeper song. (It was the fifth single on “The Heist” and ended up being its most popular.)
From “The Unplanned Mixtape,” “The Town” is a slow jam that might throw off fans of the rapper's superbly upbeat singles, but it's one of his best.
Macklemore's version of a soul song is a true love song about the glory of growing with someone else in a long-term relationship. We suspect his then-girlfriend (now fiancee) was sufficiently impressed.
Macklemore simply took the Red Hot Chili Peppers' “Otherside,” made a few simple additions and rapped on top of it. The results are electric.