Ryan Lewis

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Ryan Lewis
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Lewis performing with Macklemore in February 2013.
Background information
Born(1988-03-25) March 25, 1988 (age 25)
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
OriginSeattle, Washington, U.S.
GenresHip hop
OccupationsProducer, DJ
Years active2006–present
LabelsN/A
Associated actsMacklemore, Ray Dalton, Wanz
WebsiteMacklemore & Ryan Lewis Official Website
 
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Ryan Lewis
Macklemore (8466299494) cropped.jpg
Lewis performing with Macklemore in February 2013.
Background information
Born(1988-03-25) March 25, 1988 (age 25)
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
OriginSeattle, Washington, U.S.
GenresHip hop
OccupationsProducer, DJ
Years active2006–present
LabelsN/A
Associated actsMacklemore, Ray Dalton, Wanz
WebsiteMacklemore & Ryan Lewis Official Website

Ryan Lewis (born March 25, 1988) is an American music producer, musician, and DJ based in Seattle. Along with producing his own album titled Instrumentals, Lewis produced the albums The VS. EP (2009) and The Heist (2012). In 2006, Lewis befriended rapper Macklemore on MySpace, and soon after became the behind-the-scenes partner of a successful duo, producing, recording, engineering, and mixing all of the duo's music, as well as directing music videos "Same Love", "Thrift Shop", "And We Danced", "Otherside (Remix)", "Can't Hold Us", and "Irish Celebration", "My Oh My", "Victory Lap" "The Town" "White Walls", and designing promotional graphics.

Early life[edit]

Ryan Lewis was born on March 25, 1988 in Spokane, Washington.[citation needed] At an early age, he played guitar in rock bands, and nursed a growing interest in music production around the same age - 15. He attended Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington majoring in Comparative History of Ideas.

Lewis became a professional photographer and started to take photos for Macklemore in the summer of 2006. In late 2008, after having produced a few trial run songs together, they collaborated fully on a project that later became the VS. EP.

Music career[edit]

The VS. EP[edit]

Work on the EP began in 2008, and the EP was finished and released on November 27, 2009. The EP drew from contemporary influences such as Arcade Fire and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.[1][2] The EP consisted of only seven songs, yet iTunes listed it as no.7 on the hip-hop charts later that year.

The VS. [Redux][edit]

Redux attempted to address reviews of the original EP that criticized the lack of supporting artists by bringing in new voices. Jake One, for example, made a remix of the song "Crew Cuts", adding a more instrumental and bass direction. Lewis felt obliged to make a personal remix as well, and chose to alter the song "Vipasanna".[3]

The Heist[edit]

On October 9, 2012, Macklemore and Lewis released The Heist. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums, selling 78,000 copies in the first week.[4] The album also debuted at #1 on iTunes Digital Albums chart.[5] The duo's album has received more than 1 million plays on SoundCloud, over 350 million YouTube views and was accompanied by a sold-out 50-date U.S. and Canadian tour.[6]

Other work[edit]

In 2008, Lewis shot a video for his mash-up of 2Pac's "Crooked Nigga Too" and Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out".[7] In 2009, Lewis released the Symmetry & Ryan Lewis LP with Rhode Island emcee Symmetry for free online. Tracks included "Feel Right" and "Make Me Yours."[8]

Recognition and awards[edit]

Ryan Lewis and Macklemore's most successful single "Thrift Shop" became No.1 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2012, and single "Same Love" reached No.15 on the Hottest 100 of 2012.[9] Both songs attracted attention from Rolling Stone, NPR, TIME and GQ, especially 'Same Love' for its pro-LGBT message.[10] "Can't Hold Us" reached platinum status in April 2013.[11]

Tours and performances[edit]

From 2009 to 2011, Lewis performed in Seattle, solely focusing on his personal work. After partnering with Macklemore, they initiated their first international tour in Pullman, Washington 2011, promoting their latest album at the time, VS. Redux.[12] Out of the 27 venues played, over half were sold out.

Macklemore and Lewis began recording songs "My Oh My" and "Can't Hold Us" in 2010; both songs would later appear on their album The Heist. A month after the album's release, the duo began a national tour in November 2012.[13]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
EPs

Accolades[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated WorkResult
2013American Music AwardsArtist of the YearMacklemore and Ryan LewisNominated
Kohls New Artist of the YearNominated
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/GroupNominated
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop ArtistWon
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop AlbumThe HeistWon
Single of the Year"Thrift Shop"Nominated
BET AwardsVideo of the Year"Thrift Shop"Nominated
Best GroupMacklemore and Ryan LewisWon
BET Hip Hop AwardsImpact Track"Same Love"Nominated
People's Champ Award"Cant Hold Us"Nominated
Billboard Music AwardsThe HeistRap Album of the YearNominated
"Thrift Shop"Rap Song of the YearWon
Digital Song of the YearNominated
MTV Europe Music Awards"Thrift Shop"Best SongNominated
Macklemore and Ryan LewisBest New ActWon
Best Hip-HopNominated
Best World Stage PerformanceNominated
Best US ActNominated
2014Grammy AwardsAlbum Of The YearThe HeistPending
Song Of The Year"Same Love"Pending
Best New ArtistMacklemore & Ryan LewisPending
Best Rap Performance"Thrift Shop"Pending
Best Rap SongPending
Best Rap AlbumThe HeistPending
Best Music Video"Can't Hold Us"Pending

Notes[edit]

  • A ^ "Wings" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 12 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which acts as an extension to the Hot 100.[14]
  • B ^ "Thin Line" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number 4 on the Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, which acts as an extension to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[15]
  • C ^ "Make the Money" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number 6 on the Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, which acts as an extension to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[15]
  • D ^ "White Walls" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number 1 on the Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, which acts as an extension to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[15]
  • E ^ "Wings" did not enter the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number 7 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, which acts as an extension to the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[16]

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