Ben Haggerty, otherwise known as his stage name of Macklemore was born on June 18, 1983 in Seattle, Washington. He grew up on Captiol Hill in Seattle, Washington and attended Garfield, as well as,Nathan Hale high schools. After graduating high school, he earned his bacholers degree at Evergreen State College. Being interested in music throughout his younger years, he took a job at a juvenile detention facility and became part of a rap group called, "Gateways".

Macklemore recorded Open Your Eyes, An EP in 2000, and was known as Professor Macklemore. Once he released his full length album titled, The Language of My World in January of 2005, he got rid of "Professor" and went simply by Macklemore. In the year 2009, he released The Unplanned Mixtape and soon after the release, he teamed up with DJ Ryan Lewis to create the VS. Redux EP. Since then, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have been a major collaboration.

Macklemore has been picked up by The Agency Group, an international booking company who has represented many well known groups such as Foster the People, The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, and Mac Miller.

In the past, Macklmore struggled with substance abuse problems and considered it the reason for the lack of production between 2005 and 2009. After cleaning his act up in 2008, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis became a collaborative unit.

In order to give back to his fans, known as the SharkFaceGang, he gives them an annual pizza party. Fans prove their love for music and get a ticket to go to the party by showing their creativity in a big contest. Fans sing, paint, draw, and play to get a chance to meet and watch a performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. This idea was to have appreciation parties which began in 2010 (Wikipedia).

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