Macklemore Explains Why Ryan Lewis Isn’t Producing “Gemini” Album

September 16th, 2017

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Ahead of next week’s release of his sophomore solo album Gemini, Macklemore stopped by Sway in the Morning to explain why his long-time producing partner Ryan Lewis is absent from the upcoming project.

The pair amicably parted ways earlier in the summer, having previously collaborated on a handful of projects, including 2012’s Grammy-winning album The Heist and last year’s follow-up, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.

“It was a decision that we both came to,” he said. “I think with the last album and how intense it was at times – particularly making ‘White Privilege II,’ that was an intense, as it should have been, song to write … I think it was really heavy to make a nine-minute song about race. And again, it should be heavy. You can’t even scrape the surface on it.”

Although it was ultimately a mutual decision, Macklemore did reveal that it was Lewis who first proposed the idea of them going their separate ways following the release of their last album.

“I think with that and just other songs that we did, it was time to step back a little bit,” Macklemore continued. “And Ryan was the one that actually brought it up to me and I was like, ‘Yo, let’s do an EP.’ And he was like, ‘I feel like I would be the worst producer for you right now.’ I’ma give you guys the hundo version. I think that that was the best thing that he could have said because we needed that space. You need space to appreciate somebody. We’ve been working together nine years. We’re best friends. We worked together every single day; music videos, in the studio, all that stuff. I heard that and at first I was like, ‘Damn, music without Ryan’ and then I was like, ‘You know what? He’s right, we need a break.’ It was very much mutual. He was the person that put it out there first. And there’s no love lost. Ryan and I will make music together in the future.”

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Macklemore Explains Why Ryan Lewis Isn’t Producing “Gemini” Album

maccalmor

Ahead of next week’s release of his sophomore solo album Gemini, Macklemore stopped by Sway in the Morning to explain why his long-time producing partner Ryan Lewis is absent from the upcoming project.

The pair amicably parted ways earlier in the summer, having previously collaborated on a handful of projects, including 2012’s Grammy-winning album The Heist and last year’s follow-up, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.

“It was a decision that we both came to,” he said. “I think with the last album and how intense it was at times – particularly making ‘White Privilege II,’ that was an intense, as it should have been, song to write … I think it was really heavy to make a nine-minute song about race. And again, it should be heavy. You can’t even scrape the surface on it.”

Although it was ultimately a mutual decision, Macklemore did reveal that it was Lewis who first proposed the idea of them going their separate ways following the release of their last album.

“I think with that and just other songs that we did, it was time to step back a little bit,” Macklemore continued. “And Ryan was the one that actually brought it up to me and I was like, ‘Yo, let’s do an EP.’ And he was like, ‘I feel like I would be the worst producer for you right now.’ I’ma give you guys the hundo version. I think that that was the best thing that he could have said because we needed that space. You need space to appreciate somebody. We’ve been working together nine years. We’re best friends. We worked together every single day; music videos, in the studio, all that stuff. I heard that and at first I was like, ‘Damn, music without Ryan’ and then I was like, ‘You know what? He’s right, we need a break.’ It was very much mutual. He was the person that put it out there first. And there’s no love lost. Ryan and I will make music together in the future.”

Lil Wayne Hospitalized After Suffering Seizure

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Rapper Lil Wayne has reportedly been hospitalized in Chicago after suffering an epileptic seizure. According to TMZ, Wayne (real name: Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.) was found unconscious in his Westin Hotel room on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 3). He was taken to Northwestern Hospital where he experienced another seizure.

The New Orleans rapper has long suffered from the neurological disorder and has been hospitalized several times in recent years, including a six-day stay in 2013, and following an incident on a cross-country flight in 2016.

Wayne, who is currently on tour with Rae Sremmurd, was scheduled to perform at Drai’s Nightclub in Las Vegas on Sept. 3. It is unclear as of yet whether Wayne will be discharged.

MTV Video Music Awards Spur 64% Sales Gain for Kendrick Lamar, Fifth Harmony, Logic & More

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The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards generated a sizable sales gain in digital song downloads for tracks performed on the Aug. 27 show, according to Nielsen Music.

Collectively, those songs earned a 64 percent sales gain on Aug. 27, as compared to Aug. 26, rising from 46,000 to 75,000 downloads sold.

Some of the biggest gainers included Kendrick Lamar’s show-opening medley of “DNA” and “Humble,” which saw sales increases of 47 percent and 41 percent, respectively. “Humble” also took home multiple awards on the show, including video of the year.

Other notable gains: Pink’s hits medley collected a 70 percent overnight sales increase, Alessia Cara’s “Scars To Your Beautiful” rose 181 percent, and Fifth Harmony’s “Down” jumped 205 percent. Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” sizzled with a 41 percent uptick, while Logic’s performance of “1-800-273-8255” with Cara and Khalid jumped a whopping 185 percent in sales.

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Diddy Is This Year’s Richest Artist in Hip-Hop

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Diddy — a.k.a. P. Diddy, a.k.a. Puff Daddy, a.k.a. Sean Combs — is the richest artist in hip-hop this year according to a just-released Forbes report that puts the rapper’s net worth at $820 million.

Diddy has six albums under his belt, the most recent being 2015’s MMM, but his income doesn’t just come from his music: He’s also appeared in a number of films including 2014’s Muppets Most Wanted and 2010’s Get Him to the Greek, has a deal with vodka company Ciroc, and a stake in the Revolt TV network.

Following Diddy is Jay Z in the No. 2 spot with a net worth of $810 million. Along with his music-related income, Jay Z also has a number of business ventures including streaming service Tidal, champagne brand Armand de Brignac, and entertainment company Roc Nation.

Dr. Dre and Birdman come in at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively. Drake is at No. 5. See the full list, complete with net worths, over at Forbes

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