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The Heist and Lace Up

 New album releases

Quite a few anticipated Hip Hop albums drop on this week. Albums include Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’sThe Heist”, Machine Gun Kelly’s “Lace Up”, MellowHype’s “Numbers”, and Jay-Z’s “Live In Brooklyn.” Although all of these albums did well, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “The Heist” and Machine Gun Kelly’s “Lace Up”, stole the show. “The Heist” debuted number one on iTunes top ten albums, and Lace Up debuted at number two.  Although Macklemore and Machine Gun Kelly are both white rappers, they have very different sounds.

            Macklemore, real name Ben Haggerty, is a 29-year-old Seattle-based rapper who met producer, collaborative partner, and close friend Ryan Lewis over Myspace. They worked together, making 2009’s The VS. LP. They did it under Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and received no help from a major label. They put out more songs, and started their three-year journey into making The Heist. Songs they put out included “Wing$“ in 2011, “Same Love”, and “Thrift Shop” in 2012. With each song they put out, the more their fandom grew, and became called “Shark Faced Gang. “The Heist”, their debut album as a pair, became highly anticipated, and debuted at number one on iTunes top ten albums. Features include Wanz, Mary Lambert, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q and Hollis. Lyrically, Macklemore’s songs carry a different message than other rappers. Songs like “Same Love” talks about gay rights, and “Starting Over”, which talk about his issues staying sober, prove to us that he has a unique style. It is also very clear that Ryan Lewis did an amazing job producing the entire album (minus track eight, “BomBom”, which was produced with the help of The Teaching), and his talent really shows through every song on the album. Ryan Lewis’s production takes Macklemore’s songs to a level he could not reach on his own. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis dropped They Heist independently, and it is doing very well, staying in the number one spot for a solid four days.

            Lace Up, MGKMachine Gun Kelly, real name Colson Baker, is a 22-year-old rapper from Cleveland Ohio. “Lace Up” is his debut album, after being signed to Bad Boy records for one year. It was highly anticipated by his close-knit fans. MGK has released a few mixtapes before this album including “100 Words and Running” in 2010, “Lace Up” in 2011, “Rage Pack” in 2011, and “Est 4 Life” in 2012. The “Lace Up” mixtape is what really had him enter the music industry. MGK created the album over a course of two years, recording most of the album in his manager’s mom’s basement, which he transformed into a recording studio after not having enough money to record elsewhere.  Hits off the album include “Wild Boy” featuring Waka Flocka, “Stereo” featuring Fitts of the Kickdrums, and “Hold On (Shut Up)” featuring Young Jeezy. “Lace Up” has many incredible features including M. Shadows & Synyster Gates from the metal band Avenged Sevenfold, Lil John, DMX, Tech N9ne and Twista, Ester Dean, and Cassie. Despite his name, which is used to describe his “rapid fire flow”, Machine Gun Kelly’s music is very inspirational, and it has helped him accumulate a cult-like fan base, called “E.S.T” which means “Everyone Stands Together.” Even though MGK is a “Wild Boy” he is very talented lyrically, and it shows through songs such as “D3mons” (featuring DMX), which talks about his struggle with drugs and how he over came it. In “All We Have” (featuring Anna Yvette) MGK talks about his daughter, his friends, and believing in yourself. “Lace Up” debuted at number two on iTunes top ten albums, and is iTunes “Editors Choice” this week.

            Macklemore and Machine Gun Kelly have different styles, different flows, and different sounds, but they are both definitely contributing to the Hip Hop industry. I was very excited to listen to these albums, and I was not disappointed. If you already listen to Hip-Hop/Rap, you definitely should pick up both of these albums, and if not, listen to them anyways, you make be pleasantly surprised!

Written by: Talbia Abdullah 

Posted: Oct 16, 2012 by Talbia Abdullah

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