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.”