Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are back to popping tags. After breaking a nearly three-year recording hiatus earlier this month with the release of “Growing Up,” the duo returned to their “Thrift Shop” roots for the new single, “Downtown.”
Standing in stark contrast to his emotional ode to fatherhood, Macklemore’s second 2015 track has the artist rapping about deals, cruising around the streets in a moped, and macking on the ladies with production from Lewis. The upbeat earworm includes assists from Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz, allows Macklemore to rhyme “Kawasaki” with “wasabi,” and casually drop in the children’s rhyme “olly olly oxen free.”
The Seattle natives teased “Downtown” this week in the lead-up to their performance at MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards on Sunday. Macklemore and Lewis last took the stage at the awards show in 2013, when they took home Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hop-Hop Album for their star-making 2012 record The Heist.
Both “Downtown” and “Growing Up” are expected to be featured on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ next album. The project is currently without a title or release date, but Macklemore teased a 2015 album on Twitter earlier this year.
Take a listen to “Downtown” ahead and catch the two on the VMAs on Sunday at 9/8c on MTV.
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