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Top album of 2012: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, The Heist
File under: Hip hop
Why it rocked: "Macklemore has been one of my favourite emcees for the last few years and, up until recently, has been flying under the radar. You can tell that his lyrics are honest and based on personal experiences, whether it be positive or negative and he, unlike most rappers, actually has something to say. He touches on issues such as addiction, love, loss and even his opinion on homosexuality and if you listen closely to the lyrics, he is able to get his point across with different styles of rapping in every song. The production is all done by Ryan Lewis, who is from my hometown of Bellingham, Washington. The beats have a lot of different transitions that are seamlessly layered and constantly keep you guessing what will come next. The two are a great combo and have really raised the bar in hip hop with The Heist, both instrumentally and lyrically. It's good to crank up and get your neck snapping at a party or to throw in your headphones to really listen to Macklemore's points of view with regards to the complicated and misunderstood world we all live in."
Standout tracks: "Same Love," "Starting Over," "Ten Thousand Hours"
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