Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed live at the MOA Arena on March 9, 2014.
Macklemore loves to talk… a lot.
He tells stories as if he was confessing to a priest, or answering an interview… except he is onstage in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans in the massive MOA Arena.
He’s been to the Philippines before, he explains at length at the conclusion of the first song, and tells the crowd that to be able to perform in a country he is familiar with is the most amazing feeling in the world.
Boom… with that opening line, he automatically endeared himself to the already fired-up crowd: this dude is just like us!
Throughout the concert, he will crack asides, talk about his by-now well-known stint in rehab and recovery, and extol the virtues of collaborator/producer Ryan Lewis.
In short, he is testifying, like a gospel singer. Soul-baring and social commentary (as in the anti-materialistic stance of their hit “Thrift Shop”) are at the roots of hip-hop; when was the lastRead More »from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: power and spectacle