Macklemore’s new album “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” is indeed a mess


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If Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have put years of hard work and dedication into the making of their comeback album “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made,” it’s hard to tell.

Claudia Elsenbast, Staff Writer

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent nights up late at night wondering what is Macklemore up to? Is Ryan Lewis with him? Are they thrift shopping? Will they ever make a comeback? Well fear not: Macklemore is back again (and so is Ryan Lewis). After a long hiatus, his sophomore album has finally been released to the public. Macklemore’s latest album titled “This Unruly Mess I’ve Madeis just what you would expect: a hot mess, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Seattle native spits fire raps on 13 new tracks and tackles important issues he finds in his life. “White Privileged p.2” with Jamila Woods, talks of his support for Black Lives Matter, but not knowing if the movement is his fight. The almost nine minute track contains news clipping and quotes from white protestors in the movement and white supremacists.

However, fear not; the entire album is not a periscope into Ben Haggerty’s life (yes, that’s Macklemore’s real name).

— Claudia Elsenbast

Macklemore’s song “Growing Up” speaks of his struggle in raising his daughter, and still being unsure of himself due to his young age and inconsistent profession. Accompanied by Chance the Rapper, Macklemore’s song “Need to Know” examines our materialistic society and the false lifestyles promoted on social media (much similar to “Wings” from his self-titled freshman album).

However, fear not; the entire album is not a periscope into Ben Haggerty’s life (yes, that’s Macklemore’s real name). “Downtown” centers around Macklemore’s love of downtown Seattle and his love for moped culture. “And Let’s Eat” with XP talks about body peace and accepting yourself for who you are, and then, of course, eating good food. Make sure to not overlook “Brad Pitt’s Cousin,” a funky track about  false connections in Hollywood; this satire track ensure laughter and low-key jam sessions.

All and all, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis did not disappoint and “This Unruly Mess I’ve Madewas more than worth the wait. I have no doubt that this album will be a major success and adored by Macklemore fans everywhere.