Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are an American hip-hop/producer duo based in Seattle, WA consisting of rapper Ben Haggerty (stage name “Macklemore”), and producer Ryan Lewis. Haggerty began his music career in 2000 with the independently-released EP Open Your Eyes under the name Professor Macklemore. Having collaborated with Lewis in the past, the two decided to work together full-time as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, releasing their debut album, The Heist, in October 2012. The album charted at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 and produced multiple hit singles such as “Thrift Shop”, “Can’t Hold Us”, and “Same Love”. “Thrift Shop” in particular, was a huge success, topping the Billbord Hot 100, racking over 350 million views on YouTube, and selling more than 2.2 million copies.