Last November I was put on to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis by their extremely dope (Red Hot Chili Peppers-sampled) single. Now, nearly a year later, the emcee/producer duo are re-releasing their VS. EP. Fully equipped with bonus tracks and remixes from Jake One, Sabzi and more.
With sparse piano, a backing choir and strings, Macklemore and Mansfield’s stories are exposed. Two young artists who have struggled with addiction and are producing their best work sober, have crossed genres to create one of the most innovative collaborations of the year. The song that served as rehabilitation for not only Macklemore but fans alike, is heightened by Mansfield’s crisp confessional improving upon what was already a heart-aching anthem.