The Heist

The Heist

by Macklemore


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When Macklemore declares his music is "David Bowie meets Kanye sh*t," it's a bit of an oversell on the Bowie side, but then again, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring are also honored as influences during "Ten Thousand Hours," the biographical highlight that opens the Seattle rapper's vibrant sophomore release. These arty name-drops threaten to paint the album as more obscure than it is, but even as glitch electronica and Mad Rad member Buffalo Madonna strange up the breakup number "Thin Line," The Heist comes off as instant, alive, and oh so welcoming. Chalk it up to Macklemore's playful and open lyrics ("When I was in the third grade/I thought I was gay/Because I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight") or the album's not so secret weapon, Ryan Lewis, the producer who earns his co-billing with a George Martin or Dave Fridmann-sized sense of purpose and an Internet kid's sense of utilizing anything and/or everything. For the music industry takeover "Jimmy Iovine" with Ab-Soul as guest, Lewis' production is a mix of G-Unit gangster music and a Houston hip-hop trunk rumbler, while the pro-gay marriage highlight "Same Love" with Mary Lambert is supported by full-bodied piano and the sound of a bittersweet marching band, all of it familiar yet twisted through a laptop with hypnotic loops and catchy hooks coming out. "Gold" (feeling like "500,000 sold") is joyous and bright mini-electro that feeds the positive side of the soul, while "Can't Hold Us" comes with an irresistible bounce, both tracks being light, lovely, and in contrast to the numbers that deal with Macklemore's addiction issues and other obstacles. These two talented young bucks can't be contained, and hearing them offer one memorable, meaty number after another makes for an exciting listen, but this is unfiltered freshness released on Macklemore's own label, so the concepts of restraint and focus take a slight hit, leaving the is-he-Eminem, is-he-Childish Gambino, or is-he-Grieves question with no clear winner. Here, he's a mix of all of the above with some distinctive qualities, and with Lewis putting that kaleidoscope style underneath, The Heist winds up a rich combination of fresh and familiar.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2012
Label: Macklemore Llc
UPC: 0707541522298
catalogNumber: 52229
Rank: 1087

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Macklemore   Primary Artist
Ryan Lewis   Vocals,Wurlitzer
Hollis   Vocals
Evan Flory-Barnes   Bass
Ben Bridwell   Vocals
Jeremy Jones   Percussion,Drums
Sonny Byers   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tyler Andrews   Vocals
Elan Wright   Bass,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Josh Rawlings   Piano,Wurlitzer
Ab-Soul   Vocals
Camila Recchi   Vocals
Victoria Fuangaromya   Vocals
Benjamin Verdoes   Vocals
Andrew Joslyn   Percussion,Violin,Viola,Vocals
DJ DV One   scratching
ScHoolboy Q   Vocals
Eighty4 Fly   Vocals
Ray Dalton   Vocals
Evan Roman   Vocals
Buffalo Madonna   Vocals
Greg Kramer   Trombone
Michael Wansley   Vocals
Owuor Arunga   Trumpet
Noah Goldberg   Piano,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Natalie Hall   Cello
Zach Fleury   Bass Guitar
Seattle Rock Orchestra   Strings
Mark Isakson   Banjo,Vocals
Josh "Budo" Karp   Guitar,Trumpet
Lindsey Starr   Vocals
Denny Middle School Choir   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dana Albaum   Cello
Camila Recchio   Vocals
Brooklyn Grinnell   Vocals
Tim Haggerty   Vocals

Technical Credits

Reed Ruddy   Engineer
Ryan Lewis   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Writer
Hollis   Composer,Writer
Ben Bridwell   Composer,Writer
Ab-Soul   Writer
Amos Miller   Engineer
Macklemore   Composer,Writer
Derek Erdman   Illustrations
Andrew Joslyn   Composer
ScHoolboy Q   Composer,Writer
Stacey Rozich   Illustrations
Pete Stewart   Engineer
Allen Stone   Composer,Writer
Eighty4 Fly   Composer,Writer
Dan Black   Illustrations
Ray Dalton   Composer
Evan Roman   Composer,Writer
Buffalo Madonna   Composer,Writer
Jordan Nicholson   Illustrations
Chris Mansfield   Composer,Writer
Ben Haggerty   Composer,Engineer
Mary Lambert   Composer,Writer
Benjamin J. Greenspan   Engineer
Herbert Anthony Stevens   Composer

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The Heist 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New favorite album! :)
stiiffy More than 1 year ago
If you're still on the fence about this album, get off it and buy the cd already! One of the cleanest and best rap cds of all time and no cd this year has comes with better messages. Come for Thrift Shop and stay for everything else!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every song makes me tear up a little bit. Simply amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago