Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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Macklemore posted an apology on his website late Monday. He said he picked out items that he could use to disguise himself so he could move freely around an event. "I wasn't attempting to mimic any culture, nor resemble one. A 'Jewish stereotype' never crossed my mind," his post reads.

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Seattle’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have seven shots at a Grammy Award on Sunday. The hip-hop duo is nominated for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album and Best Music Video.

Local pop music critic and writer Gene Stout says that’s an impressive list of nominations.

“A lot of people think of Macklemore and Lewis as an overnight success, but they’re not,” Stout said. “Macklemore’s been at it for 10 years. Certainly what they’ve done with two chart hits is extraordinary. And for a duo, it hasn’t really happened since the ‘90s.”

It turns out you already own just about everything you need to play Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' hit song "Can't Hold Us Back".

A YouTube user named StonysWorld posted a video of his version of the song, which he recreated using various sounds around the house. The user does play a riff on his keyboard, but the rest of the song is carried by homemade sounds he adds by slamming doors, drumming on guard rails, and craftily timing the "ding!" of the microwave. 

Last month, it was Saturday Night Live. This month, Seattle rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will perform at the MTV Movie Awards.

Seattle’s own music sensation Macklemore has a message: “Don’t let being gay hold you back. If you’re straight, do not hold others back.”

Macklemore delivered the message in a video posted on youcanplayproject.org, a website that promotes respect for all athletes regardless of their sexual orientation.

The number one song in the country right now is "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, a rap group out of Seattle.

Their claim to fame: They got the song to the top of the chart by themselves, without being signed by a major label.

Evan Hoover

Local Hip-Hop artists Macklemore and Blue Scholars tout some hometown pride with the release of two music videos shot around Seattle.