This time last year, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were coming off of a massive 2013 and preparing to snag the Grammy award for best new artist and rock the ceremony with Madonna. 2014 was a quiet year for the duo in terms of recorded output, but Macklemore has confirmed a 2015 comeback, promising a new album this year to a fan on Twitter.
On Thursday (Jan. 1), a fan posted on Twitter, “Its 2015 and I still don’t have a new @macklemore album wtf.” The rapper spotted the loving complaint and replied, “You will this year. Believe that”.
— Macklemore (@macklemore) January 1, 2015
A source has confirmed to Billboard that there will indeed be a new Macklemore album in 2015, most likely in the second half of the year. Details of a lead single and release date are currently under wraps.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ debut album, The Heist, was released in October 2012 and spawned the No. 1 smashes “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” on its way to an album of the year Grammy nomination. Macklemore was featured on the song “Arrows” by his pal Fences in 2014, and performed alongside Ed Sheeran at the iHeartRadio Music Festival last September.
Recently, Macklemore made headlines for an insightful radio interview on New York’s Hot 97, in which he weighed in on white hip-hop stars like Iggy Azalea and the long-standing accusations of cultural appropriation. “This is not a culture that white people started,” Macklemore said of hip-hop. “So I do believe, as much as I have honed my craft, as much as I have put in years of dedication into the music that I love, I do believe that I need to know my place, and that comes from me listening.”