Macklemore & Ryan Lewis To Go On Hiatus

posted Tuesday November 19 ,2013 at 12:15PM CST | 85 comments

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis To Go On Hiatus

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are slated to go on hiatus after January's Grammy Awards.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who went platinum with their album The Heist this year, are slated to go on a hiatus. The duo's manager, Zach Quillen, said that Mack and Lewis are going to "take some time off" following the Grammy Awards in 2014.

“Yeah, we’re gonna disappear for a little while,” Quillen said in an interview with xxlmag.com. “This album cycle is coming to a close. We'll, I imagine, go to the Grammys in January this year and afterwards, kind of call it quits for a bit and take some time off."

The year was a significant one for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. After releasing their album The Heist in 2012, the duo gained notoriety in 2013 with singles "Thrift Shop," "Can't Hold Us," "Same Love" and "White Walls." The album also surpassed the million copy milestone in sales this year.

Quillen said the duo will begin work on a new album in 2014, but added that they are "in no rush." 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have been in various award shows this year, including MTV's Video Music Awards, where the duo performed and won awards, including "Best Hip Hop Video." The duo also participated in the first-ever YouTube Awards this year. Mack & Lewis are nominated for the upcoming AMAs, as well. 

In 2012, Macklemore spoke with HipHopDX about his career and legacy before releasing The Heist.

“I want to be remembered as somebody that put honesty first, that put vulnerability first, that said things he was scared to say, that I was scared to say," Macklemore said in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "And somebody that really put on for the Northwest and put on for Seattle. I think that the music is much bigger than myself, and it comes from a place bigger than myself. And I don’t ever want to take credit for that. That is a force beyond me. I think I’m a part of something that is greater. And I want to use that to the best of my ability to write honest, personal and sincere music that has an impact on people." 

After The Heist's release, Ryan Lewis spoke with HipHopDX about the project and the process of its creation.

"What was cool about The Heist was that it was a unique process for a lot of reasons," he said. "We spent three years on it. That in and of itself is unusual, particularly for the Hip Hop genre because people are just cranking out records. We spent a long time on all those songs. It was a record that had so much collaboration involved from the amount of features that were doing hooks and the vocals on there to the variety of instruments...I think spending that much time on a record enabled me to pursue a wide variety of ideas."

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  • Jusss Sayin
    ^ how is it a "lie" ?? Just wondering .. sounds like a pretty informed and intelligent opinion that actually doesn't seem too far off base No matter what anyone says -- this so called "distribution deal" came with a heavy team and capital -- GUARANTEED .. props to them for stitching this "Heist" together at exactly the right moment taking advantage of a lot of broader trends this so called "Hiatus" is the start of a new Heist .. a slow, even more manufactured process to break Macklemore away from Same Love and back into the Hip Hop conversation -- Ryan Lewis will do some solo production -- probably jump into more EDM / Pop .. while Macklemore will start putting out some super Lyrical Spiritual guest verses with some Black rappers over some Trap/808 type production (Meek Mill, Schoolboy Q, etc.) .. Macklemore will also probably start singing / doing more hooks because he literally can't contain how jealous he is of Yelawolf, Drake and Eminem and their ability to switch styles, while magically staying Hip Hop .. Of course Macklemore is going to bring out Dead Prez and also start doing some Freestyles over old Hip Hop beats .. think Wu, Living Legends, etc .. They say "no Mixtapes" because it's a strategic call to take whatever trend is on the verge of over saturation and take the "contrarian" view on it .. it can then warrant a blog post on XXL just saying "Macklemore won't drop a mix tape" because that strategy is played out and "not independent" thing to do .. even though there will be effectively a mix tape dropping -- just distributed differently .. using social media in a smart way .. PREDICTABLE ISH from a manufactured "artist"
  • Repost Because Truth is Important
    Because he's a manufactured Atmosphere rip-off "standing for" consumerism, while literally Product Placement'ing every aspect of his name and "art" .. It's not ironic or funny .. He shits on the same Underground that made him, jacks logos intentionally (YES it was .. watch Thrift Shop video) .. He has the worst Live show swagger and presence I have ever seen The "haters" HAVE done their research .. the Underground music is where I literally jaw dropped shocked at how much of a Atmosphere jacking was actually happening .. It's only fitting the album is called The Heist .. straight up stole the essence of what being open and honest means and now put those pure concepts into a manufactured tactic that other artists have already started to replicate .. Let's not even get into the BS agendas they jump on .. it's literally the equivalent of a company putting out a coupon using a Trending Topic # on Twitter .. That's what Same Love is all about .. literally .. I believe in equality and rights for all humans because that's how I was raised and I strive to be a good, honest person .. I don't need an ex-Junkie to be pushing that thinking on me .. stick to the ART and the MUSIC So yeah .. the Music and everything about these dudes is wack when you piece this HEIST together ..
    • Anonymous
      Everything you just said is all a lie, hating ass nigga.
  • Kanye West 2016
    So predictable. Their whole album bites Kanye's last LP "Yeezus" and now they have to wait on 'hiatus' for his next one to drop. smh. STOP BITING KANYE!
    • Jahorse
      You must just be trolling with a comment like that... I can't believe anybody in their right mind could listen to The Heist and then Yeezus and say any of the songs sound similar in any way, or even have similar themes. Not only that, but the album came out 8 months before Yeezus.
    • Kanye West 2016
      Dunno what world you live in.
  • jasonnns
    666
  • jasonnns
    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/PJc3bWW0iu0/mqdefault.jpg
  • Stellar
    Did any of you haters see that video of Macklemore bringing out M1 from Dead Prez at MSG?? I know its gotta hurt to see him on stage with Macklemore!
    • Crip4Life
      whites are being used to REPLACE black acts because they want to SELL MORE & destroy the black culture (as usual). It's called SUBVERSION (look it up). You are extremely ignorant if you think macklemore "made it" before being put on...nobody has even HEARD of him before he got mainstream exposure (and even now, a lot of black fans don't even give a shit about him)
    • ^^^^
      You're wrong, racist.
    • rakeem
      They colloborated on a zion I album a few years ago, so it is not that strange
    • Anonymous
      the sad part is the opposite could be said for basketball, but nobody cares, nobody watches or stops watching basketball because of race, and if they do they're racist. Anyone who wants to do anything should be able to do it. Hiphop will continue to evolve even if the "golden-day-hip-hop-fans" don't want to accept that fact. Gotta appreciate what you do and just not care about what you don't, I'm white, never listened to macklemore, I love tupac, I love biggie, I love eminem, I love aesop rock, it really doesn't matter to me, the race, just how the music feels. Macklemore seems too poppy for me so I don't like it, simple as that.
  • Anonymous
    That's a bad move on their part. Now they'll forever be remembered as the Gay Rights rappers. They needed to come out with a few more hits after Same Love to erase that image.
    • Anonymous
      Wrong.
    • Anonymous
      ^homo
    • ^
      Fag.
    • ^^
      ^homophobes
  • Anonymous
    http://legitmix.com/EPCWA/artist/16409/Section/mix/13569
  • Anonymous
    If these guys win Best Rap Album over Kendrick... I will shoot someone.
    • Evanator
      Agreed. While The Heist was a great album, it pales in comparison to GKMC.
    • Anonymous
      i think the heist had better songs with more messages in them but kendrick is a better rapper then macklemore easy. both albums were dope.
    • Anonymous
      better message, GKMC painted better pictures, production wise better AND story telling was better
  • jasonnns
    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/fyPsRyhP0CY/mqdefault.jpg
  • Nick T
    Macklemore makes hip-hop for people who don't like hip-hop. I can't tell you how many people have told me this is the only exception to their hatred towards the entire hip-hop genre, because Macklemore's music is so "meaningful". Since when do people take the meaning behind songs into serious consideration when determining if they enjoy the music or not? And these are the same people who listen to The Beatles sing about LSD, Warrant sing about Cherry Pie, and AC/DC sing about having big testicles. SOOOOOOO MEANINGFUL!!!!!!!!!! It's nothing I haven't heard before, and Macklemore's ridiculous popularity is pretty disgusting to me. Thrift Shop is a fun song, but it certainly gets old when it's practically drilled through your ears and implanted into your brain.
    • Anonymous
      You're an idiotic hater.
    • Anonymous
      I'd rather hear Macklemore than the other hundreds of other trap rappers out there.
    • Blaque Ali
      You completely contradict yourself. Hip Hop started off as a statement of expression to issues in the community. Do you feel NWA's fuck the police was because they hated the uniforms? No, it was to look behind the song and bring attention to police brutality and profiling. You sound so uninformed.
    • Anonymous
      Cherry Pie wasnt about Cherry Pie at all man
  • dmx
    fuck these fags
  • Anonymous
    to bad they such great butt bodies ;) just kidding they straight.
  • Anonymous
    they broke up ?
  • d-nucks
    I ain't mad at them...this is what you are SUSPOSED TO DO..versus all these cats that oversaturate and overexpose themsleves. whats the point of making money if you don't take time out to enjoy it....
  • barrydavillain
    I don't know him.
  • Lets be realistic
    I don't think people fully understand Macklemore's background prior to The Heist blowing up. The guy had songs and collabs on the Cunninlynguist album's. He actually has some credibility. I'm not a fan on Thrift Shop or The Heist for one but I cannot fathom why anyone could actually hate this guy. He has worked his way up and blown up all by himself on his own independent that needs to be saluted. Not only that but to have the balls and guts to release a song like 'same love' is commendable in a genre that is way behind the times in regards to gay rights.
    • Anonymous
      Real Spill
    • preacher
      preach