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He topped the Vodafone Big Top 40 with his Ryan Lewis and Wanz collaboration, but exactly how well do you know the 'Thrift Shop' star? Put your knowledge to the test!
Macklemore (real name Ben Haggerty) is an American rapper/musician better known as Professor Macklemore. He shot to fame worldwide following the release of his Ryan Lewis collaboration 'Thrift Shop'.
Macklemore was born on June 19th 1983 in Seattle, Washington making him 29 years old. The star attended Garfield High School and Nathan Hale High School, going on to earn a bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College.
Macklemore is a keen supporter of equal rights and this is heavily reflected in his music. The 'Thrift Shop' singer's support of gay rights, including same-sex marriage, is showcased in single 'Same Love' whilst other tracks focus on the issues of racism. Macklemore's music also makes reference to his struggle with drug addiction in his past.
Despite being such a strong supporter of equality for the LGBT community Macklemore is not gay himself. The singer has been dating girlfriend Tricia Davis for seven years. The pair got engaged in January 2013.
Attendees are selected from entrants who submit material to prove how much they love Macklemore's music. In 2013 fans at the event got an exclusive look at the official music video for 'Can't Hold Us'.
Ryan Lewis is an American music producer who Macklemore first teamed up with in October 2010 on the 'VS. Redux' EP. Following the success of their collaboration the pair have continued to work together, including on the worldwide hit 'Thrift Shop'.
Macklemore released his debut studio album 'The Heist' in October 2012, a collaboration with producer Ryan Lewis. The album hit the top of iTunes charts worldwide within hours of being made available for download. The EP includes singles 'Can't Hold Us', 'Same Love' and chart-topping hit 'Thrift Shop'.
Macklemore has only released one official mixtape so far in his career in September 2009 titled 'The Unplanned Mixtape'. The production featured Macklemore's debut single 'The Town' and follow up 'My Oh My'. Ahead of his first official studio album Macklemore released three extended plays, 'Open Your Eyes' (as Professor Macklemore) plus 'The VS. EP' and 'The VS. Redux' with Ryan Lewis.
Macklemore's only UK tour to date has been his 'Fall Tour' with Ryan Lewis in late 2011. In 2012 the pair kicked off 'The Heist' world tour which hits UK cities including London, Birmingham and Glasgow in September.
Macklemore has highlighted 'Life Is Good' star Nas as one of his musical influences throughout his career alongside American hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan.
Although no official information has been confirmed by Macklemore or his label on the follow-up to 'Can't Hold Us', it is rumoured that 'Same Love' could be made an official UK release following it's worldwide success in 2012.