Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

featuring Kool Moe Dee, Eric Nally, Grandmaster Caz

August 27th, 2015

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.