Respect to the Team – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, American musician Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore (R), and his producer Ryan Lewis pose for a portrait at Irving Plaza in New York.  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, "Thrift Shop" (Macklemore) is the number one top streamed track for the United States on Spotify from Monday, Feb. 4, to Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP, File)

There isn’t a single artist out right now who made it on their own. From the production to the writing, marketing, and distribution, it takes a team to build a star. We just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge something unique. That uniqueness is “Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.”

Let’s take it back to the best selling album of all time; Thriller. That album is a Michael Jackson album. Who was responsible for the sound, production, and complete sonic characteristics of it? That was none other than the legendary Quincy Jones. Drake is arguably the biggest rapper out right now. He solidified his superstar status because of that undeniable signature Drake sound. That sound was hand crafted by his partner and producer Noah 40 Shebib.

It would be impossible to identify a single name with the sound of Pharrell Williams, but rarely do I see his name in the title of a song he’s responsible for unless he’s on the hook. (Milkshake, Hollaback Girl, Hot in Herre are all Pharrell produced hits to name a few).

Where would Future be in 2016 without Metro Boomin? Where would YG be without DJ Mustard? Yes the producer tags (If Young Metro Don’t Trust You I’m Gon Shoot You) are an awesome tribute to the mastermind producers but I haven’t seen a single mainstream artist actually include their producer’s name in their project.

Macklemore’s last album The Heist was listed as a Macklemore and Ryan Lewis project. That’s a rare thing to see in popular music these days. Is this even necessary? Does it take away from the visual aesthetic of the artist’s name? Let us know what you guys think.

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