Ben Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore (// MAK-lə-mor) and formerly Professor Macklemore, is an American rapper. Since 2000, he has independently released one mixtape, three EPs and two albums and significantly collaborated with producer Ryan Lewis.
Macklemore's and Lewis' single "Thrift Shop" reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2013, selling more than 2.2 million copies. It was the first time since 1994 that a song reached number 1 on the Hot 100 chart without the support of a major record label. Their second single, "Can't Hold Us" also peaked at #1 of the Hot 100 Chart, making Macklemore and Lewis the first duo in the chart's history to have their first two singles both reach number 1. Macklemore and Lewis released their debut studio album The Heist on October 9, 2012, which charted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
Haggerty was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He earned a bachelors degree from The Evergreen State College in 2005. Though he was not born to a musical family, both of his parents were supportive of his musical ventures. Haggerty was six years old when hip hop first came in to his life by way of Digital Underground. According to a YouTube interview with Macklemore, he listened to and dubbed "parental advisory" music from the radio when he was an underage youth.