Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist Hits Platinum

2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Press Room

Two days after racking up at the VMA’s, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ debut The Heist has gone platinum. Amazing feat for a duo that hoped to break 30,000. Congratulations to the entire Sharkface gang.

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  • Itsfarfromover1

    Nuts. #206

  • SEEALEJO

    congratz!!! they definitely deserve it, despite what everyone is saying.

  • Black Shady

    platinum album
    around 10milli sold in singles
    off of 1 album

    Wutttttttttttttt

  • Balla

    inb4MacDiesel

  • The Real Truth

    this is not hip hop, its POP!!! stop it smh respect on the record sales tho

  • Donn

    Respect

  • BrothaPope

    B dot is so white

  • JustMyOpinion

    Okay….this has to stop. Why are we acting like an independent artist has never achieved this much musical success, Are we forgetting TECH N9NE?

    • B.Dot

      @JustMyOpinion Tech N9Ne has never went platinum.

  • Facts

    where the homie mac at to put the lames in their place…

  • Jav

    Macklemore is tight but to keep it real we hate on him because of how much radio and tv has made him/them into “pop” stars. I guarantee you that if this album stays underground we’d all be saying how under rated it is. They’re both good artists it’s just annoying that we have elementary aged kids dancing around to their music and really making the whole idea of being an independent artist messed around with in our heads. Props to them though.

  • JustMyOpinion

    @ B. Dot I am glad you made that point. As a student of the game, remember the words of Chris Lighty and I paraphrase, it’s better to sell 100,000 records for 10 years than to sell 1 million records one time. My point?

    TECH N9NE has been doing this for TWENTY years. The crazy part, I am not a fan of TECH, but let’s not act like this is new.

    Let’s talk about these guys in 20 years, mayBE even 5.

  • B124EZ

    That’s great for them. They’ve had a helluva of year.

  • B.Dot

    @JustMyOpinion ur right consistency is important. But What Mack & Ryan have done in less than a year, some artists (indie or not) will never accomplish. It’s never been done.

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    Congrats to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

  • Respect

    This man cant rap! nd all his songs blow up cuz the person on the hook kills it not cuz of anything he does

  • Starfox64

    Is sharkface gang some kinda gay homo reference??

  • Yo Mama

    ^^^^^
    *DEAD*

  • dmc

    They deserve it

  • http://www.espn.com TouchMoneyShot

    another no talent act benefitting off our culture

  • JustMyOpinion

    This is your profession, so you know better than I do, a year in Hip-Hop isn’t rear. The over-saturation may or may not harm them. We’ll see it if they can do it 1 or 2 more times. As always, I see your point.

    Don’t get it twisted, I give them their props.

  • WhiteLightning

    @TouchMoneyShot – Such an ignorant comment. Get out of your hole.

    Congrats to them.

  • Splash

    These guys are shit

  • http://www.espn.com TouchMoneyShot

    i respect the hustle, they aren’t talented @WhiteLightning

  • Theblackrushlinbaugh

    *em just went 10x’s platinum* salute aftermath/ interscope.

  • LOL

    who gives a fuck, they are wack anyway

  • Bo N@tion

    Honestly…No one who listens to real hip hop cares. Like someone said earlier he is basically blowing up off of the hooks of the song. Nobody is walkin around quoting Macklemore lyrics. Its like when you and your boys go to the court and your mom forces you to take your little cousin it almost feels like white america wants Macklemore to succeed so they’re forcing him on us when he’s actually a POP artist. Robin Thicke has more soul than Macklemore.

  • Ricky Retardo

    @ B.Dot

    they been pushing some of them records since 2011… I respect the grind more than the acomplishment. Labels & Artists need to re-learn how to work records.

  • King

    Let’s just assume a black rapper/black producer who put this same album out with the same label, would he have gotten this much success? The answer is NO everyone would have just called the album below average (it really is) and moved on. I’m happy for the man’s success, but this music is straight bullshit!

  • emass

    Elvis Lives!!!

  • Bo N@tion

    BTW…Ryan Lewis look gay ass shit holdin dat moon man.

  • Kaly

    i really hate all of you commentators

  • Del

    i’m not a fan, but I ain’t mad at ‘em… this just goes to show who’s actually buying and supporting records these days

  • http://www.espn.com TouchMoneyShot

    Thanks @King

  • dsunn723

    takeover

  • productofme

    can we push GKMC and Born Sinner to platinum now?

    thanks

  • mac DIESEL

    @JustMyOpinion ur right consistency is important. But What Mack & Ryan have done in less than a year, some artists (indie or not) will never accomplish. It

  • StarFox64

    also tech n9ne is actually fucking independent yo, are we still going to pretend that these guys are independent, oh and so is mac miller right…?

  • StarFox64

    @RickyRetardo what labels and artists need are real fans and OR participants of the culture and not these rich white collar fags…literally

  • StarFox64

    @productofme gkmc has been conveniently pushed to platinum by these nerds’ shenanigans…

  • mac DIESEL

    @ B.Dot

    SINCE YOU’RE JAY’S PERSONAL BUTLER, I KNOW U WAS AT THE DREAM CLUB VMA AFTER PARTY!!!! PLEASE TELL ME COLE KICKED THE CIROC OUTTA DIDDY’S ASS!!!!

    ………….HA!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • mac DIESEL

    @ B.Dot

    @JustMyOpinion ur right consistency is important. But What Mack & Ryan have done in less than a year, some artists (indie or not) will never accomplish. It

  • Young Lucky

    who gives a fuck what these white boys have done?! this music theyre making isnt for us, we aint relating to this SHIT.

  • Anti-Lollipop KId

    Nice man, they put in the work, indie.

  • drew

    too bad sells dont make it sound good

  • Stoner

    Goes To Show You How Far A Somewhat Old Eminem Style With A Positive Message Can Get An Artist….

  • zeee

    White people stay winning. All the white folks won awards at the VMA with black music. lol. No black people in sight. It will be to late by the time niggers/idiots wake up.

  • Stoner

    This Fool Just Dropped The Er N Bomb… Smh… People Like You Stay Losing…

  • Da Business

    Props to them cats and their accomplishments, but the lp was average @ best.

    Their singles were official tho. I agree that being white helped them out, but @ the end of the day them cats crafted gr8 songs. Like it or not hip hop is not just about bars, niggas need to make MUSIC that the average person can relate to…

  • Stoner

    True…^^

  • Dam Ye
  • LL COOL J

    WTF? You guys cant be serious right now. Miley Cirus lookin ass nigga sold a milli? damn.. just found out who this nigga was the other week… White people support white rappers for real… CUS I KNOW NO NIGGAS BOUGHT THIS SHIT.. LMAO

  • LL COOL J

    These dudes look mad gay..

  • http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/36735/Le1f-to-Macklemore-Gay-people-dont-care-about-your-video-about-gay-people truth hurts

    saw this in a comment box on a story about some gay rapper beefing with wacklemore now about stealing the horns for thrift shop sounds like the heist allright

    It

  • http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/36735/Le1f-to-Macklemore-Gay-people-dont-care-about-your-video-about-gay-people truth hurts

    in response to not letting the gay singer on same love speak when they won for the gay anthem and he spoke instead

    COLD

  • http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/36735/Le1f-to-Macklemore-Gay-people-dont-care-about-your-video-about-gay-people truth hurts

    THIS DUDE LEIF TOLD MACKLEMORE “GAY PEOPLE DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR VIDEO ABOUT GAY PEOPLE” HA
    http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/36735/Le1f-to-Macklemore-Gay-people-dont-care-about-your-video-about-gay-people

  • http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/36735/Le1f-to-Macklemore-Gay-people-dont-care-about-your-video-about-gay-people truth hurts

    grattan said last Tuesday 1
    Interesting piece on Vice about the VMAs – here’s the bit about Macklemore and ‘Same Love:

    The (relative) big winner of the night was Macklemore, who along with his producer Ryan Lewis, won two VMAs and performed his gay rights anthem

  • SpaceGhost

    To be fair, congrats to them…..however. Ruthless Records, No Limit Records, Hypnotize Mindz all pulled off this feat and more. They were all independent labels that made their biggest impact before the majors came knocking. Ruthless and No Limit were distributed by Priority records which was a small back catalog label that before Eazy came along distributed old/rare music, non music (such as speeches, comedy) cd’s. They did platinum and beyond. It wasn’t until later when Epic purchased Priority and Sony purchased Epic in turn that these were considered to have major label backing. By then, their glory days had already passed and their mark on history had already been cemented. DJ Paul and Juicy’s Hypnotize Mindz/Prophet Entertainment has ALWAYS been distributed by good ol’ Select-O-Hits which makes them independent to this very day. Only Latter 3-6 Mafia Albums and some of Project Pat’s albums came out on Sony. I said all this to say, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are white in white America. If you have noticed in the last 3-5 years there has been an aggressive push by the mainstream to have white artists dominate all genre’s of music including attempts (mostly failed) to capture hip hop. The media demonizes all black people for displaying behavior learned after centuries of us living in THIS country under THEIR oversight. Once again, history is attempting to be re-written to give these two white guys credit for doing something that blacks have done and mastered with no fanfare. Once again, blacks have been so whitewashed that they are willing to GIVE the credit to them freely. Sorry folks, we cannot continue to let them rule and erase OUR history in exchange for so called acceptance from their end of society. We started this and we need to finish it. Sorry Ryan and McLemore, but you aren’t the first and you won’t be the last.

  • CARAMEL SHADY

    TECH N9NE CAN NO LONGER CLAIM TO BE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL INDEPENDENT ARTIST! HA! TECH ONLY SOLD LIKE 1.5M WITH A FUCKLOAD OF ALBUMS, MACK N LEWIS WILL OUTSELL THAT WITH ONE ALBUM

    FAGGOTS STAND UP!

  • CARAMEL SHADY

    SHARKFACE WANG!!

    FUCK OFFICER RICKY!

  • eliceo

    everyone who doesn’t see the accomplishment of these too. Not only did they go platinum but they can put on a great show, the heist has been out for months and the singles that are being released are requested by the fans so why not take advantage of it. Same Love is a radio single at all and it was a number one song in america. I guarantee half of y’all be singing thrift shop and cant hold us. and did i mention these dudes can rock a crowd. i can careless if your music sucks if you can rock a crowd ill fuck with you. just look at their made in america performance. blacks whites spanish all reciting every word of every song. they are here to stay