Stream Macklemore’s new GEMINI album
After warming fans up with the singles “Glorious” featuring Skylar Grey, “Marmalade” featuring Lil Yachty, and “Good Old Days” featuring Kesha, Macklemore unleashes his new album GEMINI, the Seattle rapper’s first studio effort without frequent collaborator Ryan Lewis.
The 16-track offering comes with guest appearances by Eric Nally, Offset, Dan Caplen, Otieno Terry, Reignwolf, King Draino, Donna Missal, Abir, Dave B, Travis Thompson, Xperience, Saint Claire, and more.
During the album’s promotional campaign, Macklemore spit a freestyle for Funkmaster Flex over Jay Z’s Kanye West-produced classic “Lucifer,” showed off his never-before-seen Air Jordan collaboration, and announced the dates for the project’s coinciding tour.
Macklemore also recently stopped by The Breakfast Club to discuss the LP, the serious car crash he was in, taking a different direction musically, quitting drugs, and many other topics after visiting Sway In The Morning to explain the absence of Ryan Lewis.
“It was a decision that we both came to,” he said. “I think with the last album and how intense it was at times — particularly making White Privilege II , that was an intense, as it should have been, song to write … I think it was really heavy to make a nine-minute song about race. And again, it should be heavy. You can’t even scrape the surface on it.”
“I think with that and just other songs that we did, it was time to step back a little bit,” Macklemore continued. “And Ryan was the one that actually brought it up to me and I was like, ‘Yo, let’s do an EP.’ And he was like, ‘I feel like I would be the worst producer for you right now.’ I’ma give you guys the hundo version. I think that that was the best thing that he could have said because we needed that space. You need space to appreciate somebody.”
“We’ve been working together nine years. We’re best friends. We worked together every single day; music videos, in the studio, all that stuff. I heard that and at first I was like, ‘Damn, music without Ryan,’ and then I was like, ‘You know what? He’s right, we need a break.’ It was very much mutual. He was the person that put it out there first. And there’s no love lost. Ryan and I will make music together in the future.”