Happy Birthday Macklemore — Look How Far You’ve Come

It's been an eventful ride.

Macklemore reached new heights with The Heist album, notching hit singles and nabbing Grammys with the 2012 release, but what about the earlier days?

On Thursday (June 19) our friend Macklemore celebrates his 31st birthday, and in honor of him we’re taking a look back and appreciating just how far he’s come in his career. These days he’s collaborating with the likes of Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul, but a few years ago he was carving out his place by working with other North West emcees like The Physics and Blue Scholars.

Professor Macklemore
In 2000, when the Seattle rapper dropped his Open Your Eyes Ep, he was still going by the name “Professor Macklemore.” “When I came out to Pratt Art School for the summer, I was going to thrift shops and dressing up in random crazy outfits,” he’s explained. “Whenever I do that—and I’d go out in the town and get drunk and sh–, — when I would go do that, I was “Professor Macklemore.”

Ode To Seattle
In 2009 he was dedicating love letters to Seattle with “The Town,” from The Unplanned Mixtape, and now he’s the most successful rap star the city has ever seen. Soon, Seattle will be writing love letters to him.

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