On today's episode of Maintaining Your Hipster Cred, it's Macklemore Goes to the Moped Store. Armed with 800 bucks in cash and a solid 0 ::expletive deleted:: given, he picks up his new ride and proceeds to take it Downtown. I don't know what Downtown he's talking about, but apparently it's full of expensive cars--but no one's got swag quite like Mack and his crew. That's probably why he's got this sweet honey trying to decide whether or not she wants to take a ride with him on his leather (he's lying, it's pleather) seats. It's a song of swag despite being broke, but don't be fooled: Eric Nally's vocals on the chorus and Ryan Lewis' sick beat are pure money.
Did you know?
- The first live performance of “Downtown” was at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. The performance featured some of the song's hip hop pioneer collaborators: namely, Kool Moe Dee, Grandmaster Caz, and Melle Mel.
- Ryan Lewis has stated that the goal of “Downtown” was to put the sound of old-school hip hop alongside the sound of rock music as it was around the same time. Lewis has stated that, although the final goal was reached, the journey took quite a while.
- Macklemore and Lewis handpicked the collaborators for the song. The three rappers, alongside ex-Foxy Shazam frontman Eric Nally, did not hesitate to agree.
- The music video for “Downtown” was filmed on the streets of Spokane, Washington.
- “Downtown” debuted at No. 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 and jumped 76 spots in the following week to breakthrough to the top 20.