The skyline is etched in my veins. You can never put that out, no matter how hard it rains.

— Macklemore

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And know that every struggle in life is there to teach you a lesson It's times like this that make you


Hold your head up, there's a light in the sky I know your fed up but you must try to survive Each moment's precious, don't let life pass you by Keep focused, keep your eyes on the prize.


I don't control life, but I can control how i react to it


The greatest trick that the devil ever pulled Was convincing women that they looked Better in their makeup


Don't forget where you come from Don't die holding on to your words Cause you know you got a whole world to change But understand who you got to change first


Just because you miss someone doesn't mean you need them back in your life.

Missing is just a part of moving on.


A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are.


Strip away the fear, underneath it's all the same love


Sampling is kind of prehistoric, given the technology and the textures you can create.


I definitely use "smiling while rapping" as a tool in the booth.

I want to have fun while recording. At times it can get tedious and stressful when it's not sounding the way you heard it in your head, but you've got to remember to just smile and appreciate the fact that you're even in the booth and there are people who want to hear your art.


Of course I want dubs and a candy painted 'lac Watch the videos and get the girls in the back But if that's what I believe in, and the reason that I rap Uncle Sam is my pimp when he puts me on the track


I want to be someone who is respected and not just in terms of my music.

I want to be respected in terms of the way that I treat people... Music is my creative outlet in terms of expressing what is important to me; what has importance, what has a value. And I wanna be respected for that.


About Macklemore

Quotes 83 sayings
Profession Rapper
Birthday June 19, 1983

Live tonight, cuz you can't take it with ya.


We sell our dreams and our potential to escape through that buzz.


Vote Love means vote equality. It means vote change. It means vote whats right for humanity.


The trust that I once built has been betrayed.

But I'd rather live tellin' the truth and be judged for my mistakes, than falsely held up, given props, loved and praised.


Expectations are resentments waiting to happen


I like to be as diverse as possible. I think the humorous side and the serious side are both elements of my personality. It's what makes me who I am and if I was to neglect either one of those sides and just focus on one of them, it wouldn't be the full spectrum of my personality.


No law's gonna change us We have to change us Whatever god you believe in We come from the same one Strip away the fear, underneath, it's all the same love About time that we raised up!


Whatever God you believe in, we come from the same one


I've never been a religious person. I've been a spiritual person since I was about 15, 16, when I was first introduced to Psilocybin [mushrooms]. That really opened me up to thinking about the universe in a different way, and coming to significant realizations about my connection to something greater than me.


I find that when I put my spiritual life first, the rest of my life is easy.

When I put my career first, that's when I have problems.


My relationship with God is as strong as the time and energy I put into connecting with God.


When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless, Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen, I might not be the same, but that's not important. No freedom 'til we're equal, damn right I support it.


I think that there will always be artists out there who think they need to sign a major label deal in order to be successful. And that machine is what is going to work for them - there's tons of examples of pop stars who need that machine.


I put myself in the place of the listener when editing my writing.

The last thing that I want to do is be preached at and told who to be or what to think when listening to an artist. However, I do want to be inspired. There's a fine line.


We live on the cusp of death Thinking it won't be us


If I can be an example of getting sober, then I can be an example for starting over


This moon man right here stands for a lot more.

This is the most important record out of all of them. Gay rights are human rights, there is no separation.


I grew up in the spoken-word community.

Before everybody had a home studio, or before we could get booked for shows, open mics were the only way to be heard by other people. It really gave me a chance to develop as a performer. Reading a piece of poetry with no beat in front of 20 people is way more challenging than rocking for 10,000 people.


"God loves all his children" is somehow forgotten But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five hundred years ago.


I'm someone that examines culture and tries to break down why things are the way that they are whether its hip-hop music, sex, race, or consumerism. I try to examine it and scrutinize it to the point where I can write a song.


Hip-hop was started as a very egocentric, testosterone, machismo-driven art form. The way that people are trying to take away that masculinity that is a such an intrinsical part of hip-hop music.


I can write for weeks or months sometimes and edit it down to a song.

I feel like it's a piece of music that will hopefully stand the test of time and hopefully capture a moment in history if I'm doing it correctly and honestly.


For me, being transparent about every aspect of my life is what makes my music relatable and how I'm able to be an individual amongst the mass amounts of other artists.


I write to the beat and let life play the guitar strings


Broken, hopeless, headed nowhere Only motivation for what the dealer's supplying That rush, that drug, that dope Those pills, that crumb, that roach Thinkin' I would never do that, not that drug and growing up nobody ever does Until your stuck, lookin' in the mirror like I can't believe what I've become Swore I was goin' to be someone And growing up everyone always does We sell our dreams and our potential To escape through that buzz


Us as rappers underestimate the power and effects that we have on these kids


If I'm using drugs and alcohol, it means that I've given up on my fullest potential.


It's been so long since I've really truly felt what it's like to live life without substances to help. Massive struggle that's natural to one's health, but with addiction in my blood I play the cards I was dealt.


My hope is that my personal testimony can help in some way to not only advance the dialogue and approve Referendum 74, but also to help shape a culture of belonging in which ALL people are equal.


No freedom til we're equal...damn right I support it.


I'd always thought that if I could get sober and stay sober, I would be able to have a career making music. My drug and alcohol addiction was the one thing holding me back. I had finally gotten the tools to stay sober, and it was just a matter of writing the songs.


I just want to give the people 100% of myself as an artist.


I want to make music that I like; not something that I have to make because I think it's going to sell.


Consciousness rap - a term that I don't think exactly exists but gets thrown around a lot - is not exactly popular.


You need to get outside of your comfort zone to write songs that are interesting, songs that are compelling, songs that are different from what other people are writing.


I think music should be experienced by people all ages.


When I write, I don't have any expectation of what kind of song it will become or who it might reach.

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