Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist Strikes Gold

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The underdogs are on top. Six months after it’s release, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ independent debut The Heist has gone gold.

Their singles “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” are currently, number one and 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Congratulations to the entire Sharkface Gang. After the jump, check them out at We Day in Seattle this past week.

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  • Thrift Shop is number one, no two

  • bullfrog24

    Any time I see macklemore I already know is the one who posted it lol

    I like macklemore interviews, and I like that he has a message. All of that doesn’t matter though because his music is corny and horrible.

  • congrats to him!

    damn and he’s indie and outselling half these dudes with a major label backing. good marketing.

  • mac DIESEL

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewiis.The Heist Strikes Gold





    • B.Dot

      @Mac DIESEL don’t you window to squeegee? U know ur lunch break is almost up.

  • Dashing

    Hats off and much respect to an independent artist reaching massive mainstream success, and the kid can rap a little. The prodcution isn’t even bad….but there’s something missing about Macklemore…someone put it best.

    “It’s rap music for people who don’t listen to rap.”

  • PsychoBoy

    “It’s rap music for people who don’t listen to rap.”

  • JustMyOpinion

    ^ 100% AGREE. “Rap” music

    Notice the quotes.

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    Congrats to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

  • Johnny Ryall

    Everything is gold, everything is equal
    Posted on the porch just chillin, me and my people
    Eyelids closed, gold sun shines on
    The world’s coated in the gold Krylon.

    Today we’re feeling like gold, five hundred thousand sold.

  • RossRadar

    b dot is throwing a mackelmore party tonight. good guys but shitty music . just like rap radar , good guys just shitty journalism they disguise as “documenting” none of them have any balls to LEAD the culture cuz that will mess up all that ad money. be a sellout for MMG ad space or be leaders just stop lying to the people and acting like you are both. you guys stand up to commenters and tweets but scared to death to stand up to people ruining the industry, which you end up contributing to yourself.

    you dont hate me, you just hate the truth!

    fuck elliott wilson, fuck amaya, fuck mackelmore, b dots cool, IM OUT.

  • Kemosabi



    glad to see these dudes getting both critical and commercial success, they deserve it

  • Facts

    That’s pretty weak considering the success of their single. Shows that people do not buy into the artist but into the single

    Next album going to flop like hell

  • Scarface said in his interview posted here that in 25 years hip hop will be suburban white kids and he is right.

  • Black Shady


  • The_Insider

    Congrats in order to Warner Music’s “Independent” success Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. They did a hellavua job rocking the Warner Music stage at SXSW along with Warner’s other acts. These boys are about as indie as my nuts are from my dick.

  • Musikal

    Hip hop is truly dead.

  • Devante

    This Mac Diesel and B Dot beef has to end…

  • Steve

    Wow. You guys need to take a step back and look what Mack has done to get to where he is. Sure, Thriftshop brought overnight success for him, but it was everything that he did before that, which has made him. Hes not rap, hes hip hop. And hiphop is far from dead, you guys just need to dig around more, its malnourished and underfed (yeah, thats right, more Seattle references). Stop being lazy and actually start digging for good music.

  • rht

    anything in the media labeled as hip-hop is clown ish right now… I swear to God I love hip-hop so much and it hurts me to see it gone away… it was never meant to be a mass-applied tool, sick world we live in

  • torie

    Um…chill guys. You don’t have to like his music to respect his fame right now. If his next album flops, do you really think he is going to care? No. I’ve been listening to this dude since 2000 and he has grown tremendously. The “rap” you are referring to, that you think he sucks at, is gangster rap. He doesn’t follow that path. He goes his own route, writes about his life, if you like it cool. If not, that’s ok too. He could fall off the map tomorrow and he will still write and produce music. He has even mentioned in interviews that he sucks at making literations and similes like most of the mainstream. He writes metaphors and things he’s experienced. Different setting, still poetry. Respect the game, the man, and how he got to the top without a label. Chill the fuck out. lol. How many records have you sold? none? weird…

  • WTF

    It’s music, people have a right to listen to the MUSIC they like

  • Carlito R

    Congrats! Now lets see an Indie Black Rapper do it. Can a Black rapper go Gold without being major? I mean MAC Miller did it and now MACklemore has done it. Much respect to both Mac’s both but I wonder if they weren’t White would that of made a difference. Mmm. You know what never mind I’m not gonna hate, I’ll just celebrate with B Dot.

  • Rob

    Cash Money was the first to go ‘ghetto gold’ before they signed their partnership with the majors. Also, No Limit was pretty close to ghetto gold before the majors. So there’s your black rappers going gold on indie. Next…

  • John P

    Goddamn, B. Dot, just marry the fuckin guy already. This is not some incredible underdog story of triumph. It’s a corny white motherfucker who made a catchy song turned into a smash hit by the masses of corny white folks (and you) out there. This is not rocket science. White people LOVE corny shit. This is just another LMFAO’s “Party Rock” or Black Eyed Peas’ “Good Night”. Flash in the pan. Safe rap for suburbanites who usually find rap too “objectionable”.

  • SoloK

    In other news….
    Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience goes Platinum!!

    that is all..

  • King Chandler

    We knew this was coming, B. Dot was on the soundscan site……..Refresh, Refresh, Refresh, Refresh, Gold…..time to go shove this shit in every ones faces, dude is probably making Macklemore lose fans because people are sick of hearing updates about him every 15 seconds. If something tragic was to ever happen to Macklemore somebody better have B. Dot on 24 hour suicide watch.

  • Kemosabi

    @John P said it

  • Hot Rod

    @ Rob

    LOL sorry but I think Carlito wasn’t actually talking about “ghetto” gold as you put it. I think he was talking about officially going gold meaning selling (scanning) 500,000 units. You can believe all the Cash Money and No Limit hype all you want but NONE of their solo projects sold 500,000 units independently.They did as you said sold “ghetto gold” (out their trunks) which still means a whole ton of money for them but I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about money either just talking about a Black Rapper accomplishing what Mac Miller and Mackemore REALLY did. You would of been probably better off trying to say Tec 9.

  • Kaly

    @torie made the most sense here, i can’t even argue with the lame dudes who post on EVERY macklemore thread, claiming they own hip hop and know what’s right for it…with that mentality, yall can have it…

  • Speed Racer

    @ Rob what the hell does ghetto gold even mean??? 10,000 units sold in the hood?

  • As Real As It Gets

    I bet Brian blushed when he got the news about Mackelfish’s #’s.

  • E

    I think hip-hop needs versatility, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis bring a style that might sound ‘corny’ to people who bump Drake and Young Jeezy, but their beats and verses are complex and have content that are a part of hip-hop that doesn’t make it to the majority of hip-hop listeners. Thrift Shop and Can’t Hold Us don’t even scratch the surface of how good The Heist, and their previous 3 projects, are.

  • mika

    Their music is a little too corny for me, but congrats?
    @ B. Dot, RossRadar’s comment does raise some questions…

  • DJ Semtex’s Prothsetic

    lol mac diesel is rigth hahahaha…

  • Chris

    500,000 copies sold > 14 negative comments on a blog

  • Mr.November

    rht says:
    Wednesday, April 03 2013 at 2:17 PM EST
    anything in the media labeled as hip-hop is clown ish right now… I swear to God I love hip-hop so much and it hurts me to see it gone away… it was never meant to be a mass-applied tool, sick world we live in

    LOL, if more ppl like it then you cant argue with it. 3 lil faggots bumpin tech nine while 1 mil rapin waynes album. and yes rape-ing not rapping. go home w all that “real hip hop” bullshit B

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  • Imperial85

    Congrats to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Although some of his flow patterns are an acquired taste for niggas, he speaks on real shit and has a dope ass album. It’s not his nor B.Dots fault Macklemore can connect with a large audience totally INDEPENDENT! It’s not his fault a majority of black artists we follow speak about bullshit and nothing, and the black artists that do, we won’t buy their album or go to their shows. It’s not their fault 50 Cent fell off either. If an artist makes real music that makes a connection, they should reap the rewards.

  • toad3527

    206 stand up

  • 206 is standing up.

    We got legal KUSH. Super Bowl favorites in Vegas. Felix stays winning. Mac is setting the universe on fire.

    Corny my ass y’all just hating on whitey bc u happen to know a “rapper”

    Stop being a yes man and run the town on your own merit

    Two top ten singles. Multi plat. And a gold album. Next up ?


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  • Katana Barbie

    There are so many haters out there….Ben and Ryan deserve all they have worked so HARD for…It’s real easy to sit behind a keyboard and spew your negativity….God Bless you two and all you stand for…You have given SO MANY hope and strength….