When Macklemore unveiled his triumphant new song “Glorious” on Thursday, the twitterverse reacted with a collective “Hold up. This thing is actually pretty good.”
If you haven’t been following the career arc of Seattle’s whitest rapper, he rose to prominence in 2012, and brought along another nondescript white guy named Ryan Lewis along for the ride.
But despite all the hits—and there were many—hip-hop purists accused the duo of co-opting black music and culture. All that came to a head when in 2014 when they won the Grammy for “Best Rap Album” over Kendrick Lamar.
That same year, Ryan Lewis appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to poke fun of his “the other guy” status in the band. In the bit, Lewis asked random pedestrians if they knew who Ryan Lewis was. They didn’t. It was a little sad.
It was a stark reminder that on the list of all-time duos, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ranked somewhere in between “vodka and Red Bull” and “skin and sharp objects.”
It looks like they agreed, as “Glorious" marks Macklemore’s first solo effort since 2005’s The Language of My World. Despite the creative divorce, Macklemore wants us to know that he and Lewis are still best of bros, and that they’ll be back to making music faster than any of us can say “Boy am I glad Macklemore dropped Ryan Lewis.”
Listen to Macklemore’s “Glorious” featuring Skylar Grey below.