Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have stayed quiet on the musical front, but Wednesday they dropped their first song since 2012’s The Heist.
Called “Growing Up,” the track is a slow jam, with more singing than rap, and features vocal accompaniment from Ed Sheeran. The duo asserts “Growing Up” is not an official lead single, but it’s a sweet look at fatherhood.
In a note to fans, Macklemore, whose given name is Ben Haggerty, explains: “When you try to escape yourself, life has an interesting way of creating situations that force you to come back. To look at who you are. This is why ‘Growing Up’ felt like the right song to re-emerge with. It’s where I’ve been the last year, through all the ups and downs. We didn’t want to do a big campaign or anything over the top with this. We just wanted to put out good music, directly to the people that have been here since the beginning. Thank you for your patience. Hope you enjoy.”
“Growing Up” is a letter to Haggerty’s daughter Sloane, who was born on May 29. “There is nothing like the joy and happiness that comes from bringing a baby into this universe,” he wrote on his website, where he details how she changed his life and the song’s production. “She has filled my heart in ways that I never knew were possible. She is the love of my life. This song is for her.”