Macklemore Believes Blackalicious Brought Him "Closer To God"

Macklemore says Gift of Gab influenced his life.

Macklemore, who has struggled with substance abuse issues in the past, recently spoke about how music influenced his life during an interview which was part of mtvU's “The Other Side” initiative launched by MTV and The Jed Foundation's "Half of Us" campaign.

"I know how much artists influenced my life," Macklemore says in the interview. "Growing up, listening to Blackalicious, the words of Gift of Gab really put me on a certain path. It brought me closer to God. It was a means of...It was my means...What I didn’t get from church or what I didn’t get through organized religion, I got through music. I know that power. And if I have a gift, in any capacity, with words, and I don't use that power or utilize that power, then I'm not doing my job. You can call that a responsibility. Call it whatever you want, but I know my truth." 

Blackalicious, which consists of emcee Gift of Gab and deejay/producer Chief Xcel, released its debut album, Nia, in 1999. The duo released two full-length follow-up albums, Blazing Arrow in 2002 and The Craft in 2005. Blazing Arrow received a 3.5 X rating by HipHopDX and The Craft earned a 4 X rating in its HipHopDX review.

In 2012, Macklemore spoke with HipHopDX about his early experiences in Hip Hop.

“I was really just infatuated with Hip Hop and always wanted to be on a stage," Macklemore said at the time. "So by the time I got to 14, 15 years old, slam poetry and open mics were really big at the time. That was part of my first initial upbringing, along with freestyling. There was a lot of writing raps, but there were also a lot of freestyle sessions in school and skipping class and going out and freestyling. That was a part of who I was, and that was the beginning of my artistic career." 

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33 Comments

  • pienman

    the the dude is MADD talented... i hope to hear more from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis! Keep hip-hop alive.. keep doin music from the heart not the wallet

  • RealSpit

    I used to ROCK with Blackalicious so I think it's DOPE that Macklemore is paying homage to some underrated Bay Area Hip Hop, but the choices Macklemore made to launch his career did happen and I can't respect this dude anymore .. He has single handedly turned Music .. Hip Hop more so .. into TMZ

  • Macklemore

    I love all my gay fans

  • uhh

    wtf does blackalicious mean?

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  • Anonymous

    "Ive never seen Macklemore kiss any dudes on the mouth. Ive also never seen him wear leopard print girls pants 6 sizes too small. Macklemore also didn't pierce his lip like a homo or wear tight pink t-shirts like Weezy. Just face it, Lil Wayne is the gayest rapper alive. I've seen Macklemore and ryan lewis kiss outside of the ellen show set. They spoke openly of sex outside. Wayne kissing birdman is only a father son moment. HIm wearing t shirts and shoes is also being a great role model for his daughter. He at least isn't abusive like eminem and 50 cent.

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  • wklrngwk

    this wigger knows his underground hip hop GOOD, cool to see newer mainstream artists bringing attention to ughh now, since these guys like bada$$ and tyler grew up listening to ug shit like doom. but gab is like 10x more underground lol, good shit. mack knows his hiphop even though he's nothing special on the mic and LOL @ blazing arrow getting 3.5 from hhdx while shit albums get 4's. that's why hhdx is considered a joke when it comes to reviews

  • Anonymous

    Macklemore is better than Tech N9ne he is the king of independent hip hop men lie, women lie, numbers don't King Macklemore the Heist best album forever

  • Anon

    This guy has a very bad ego problem.

  • Anonymous

    Remember when you all accused of wayne being gay even though that kiss is what any father and son would do? He's a lot more gay than him.

    • Anonymous

      What grown man kisses his father on the lips?

    • Anonymous

      Ive never seen Macklemore kiss any dudes on the mouth. Ive also never seen him wear leopard print girls pants 6 sizes too small. Macklemore also didn't pierce his lip like a homo or wear tight pink t-shirts like Weezy. Just face it, Lil Wayne is the gayest rapper alive.

  • Anonymous

    This dude loves penis so much

  • Anonymous

    homie knows more about hip-hop than most the kids hating on him

  • Floss

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