Scott Storch Responds to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 'Downtown' Lyric: 'Thanks for the Shout-Out'

Scott Storch, 2014.
Ben Lowy

Scott Storch photographed by Ben Lowy at Mansion Nightclub in Miami Beach, Florida on August 13, 2014.

In the video for their long-awaited new single "Downtown," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit the streets of Spokane, Wash., with hip-hop pioneers Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz and Kool Moe Dee on mopeds -- in a fairly direct sequel to the duo's 2012 smash "Thrift Shop," with Macklemore rhyming about shopping for low-end two-wheelers this time rather than Grandpa's hand-me-downs.

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One of the striking lyrics in the video -- a campy, choreographed number in the vein of "Thriller" -- is a pointed reference to the big-name producers of hip-hop's mid-2000s bling-bling era, notably Timbaland and Scott Storch: "Killing the game, 'bout to catch a body," Macklemore rhymes. "Passed the Harley, Dukie on the Ducati/ Timbaland, Khaled, Scott Storch, Birdman/ Goddamn, man, everybody got Bugattis."

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Storch was perhaps the personification of hip-hop's most profligate moment, amassing a $70 million fortune and owning a fleet of more than a dozen luxury cars, including Ferraris, a McLaren, Maybach and, yes, a black Bugatti Veyron -- at the time, the most expensive car on the market, with a reported $1.7 million price tag. The infamously high-life-loving hitmaker -- who had a nearly unparalleled run topping the Billboard Hot 100, including Beyoncé's "Baby Boy," Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River," Fat Joe and the Terror Squad's "Lean Back," 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" and Chris Brown's "Run It!" -- has fallen on lean times and had to dramatically dial down his lifestyle (TMZ reported in June that he filed for bankruptcy.)

Still, Storch says he got a big kick from the "Downtown" name-check. "It's a dope song -- and an incredible video," Storch told Billboard in a break from a late-night production session in Los Angeles. "Thanks for the shout-out," he added to Macklemore. "Would love to work together."

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are expected to perform the new song for the first time at Sunday night's (Aug. 30) MTV Video Music Awards.



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