New Video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Downtown’

Published: Thursday 27th Aug 2015 by Sam

Well that didn’t take long.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debuted new single ‘Downtown’ earlier today and have followed-up moments ago with its official video.

An all-out affair, the colorful clip draws on the group’s trademark quirkiness and should earn the Grammy winner’s ample streams – an ever important aspect of song roll-outs in today’s digital age.

Find out why below. Guest features Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, and singer Eric Nally all appear. 

Fun, outlandish and dynamic, the visual should ensure that Macklemore are once again omnipresence in the upper echelon of the charts.

Lookout for the group when they perform ‘Downtown’ this Sunday at the 2015 MTV Video Awards. 

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  1. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy August 27, 2015

    Ryan Lewis told Macklemore “Hey let’s just culture vulture like every genre of black, old school music and mash it into one song!” As I do see how the track can be infectious, it doesn’t sound cohesive as it’s overproduced. Plus, it sounds too similar to uptown funk, but hey I’m sure it will be a hit in culdesacs across America as many suburbanite tweens pick out their new pair of Nike Air Max’s…

    • OMG Logic!!! August 27, 2015

      Oh look at me b1tching endless about nothing as if music belonged to anyone. Hint: It doesn’t.

      • iSpeakTruthNoFallacy August 27, 2015

        Why did you bother responding to me with your ignorant, senseless statement? I can tell you’ve never read a book before huh?

  2. Tyler Makivelli August 27, 2015

    Still cant get over the fact that he once beat Kendrick Lamar at the Grammys for Best Rappe of the Year * eye roll *

    • Tyler Makivelli August 27, 2015


    • OMG Logic!!! August 27, 2015

      Get over it. His album was better and the Grammy members agreed.

  3. Toohotfortv August 27, 2015

    No no no… ok, I was honestly going to give this a try on the recommendation of “tgj” but, what the hell. I’m so conflicted. On one hand I can appreciate the effort put into making this whole umm… experience but, on the other hand, I really don’t connect with their brand of humor. I’m actually struggling to understand how the song is actually structured (its definitely not a traditional ABA song structure). Lastly, it really feels contrived. This is akin to that “thrift shop” song on a few levels. Macklemore’s delivery leaves a lot to be desired. For one, I don’t hear any progression. Production-wise I hear the risk (I guess) but, lyrically/mc-wise, in regards to subject matter and cadence, there’s nothing new hear. They really do a good job pandering to the lowest common denominator. And that’s ok, for a little bit but, after a while I’m going to start genuinely questioning their merit as artist. This is not hate, I love good music but this… this is interesting.

    • Tyler Makivelli August 27, 2015

      He’s really not all that great of a lyricist, period. That simple!

      • OMG Logic!!! August 27, 2015

        You wouldn’t be saying that if he was Black.

    • who’s xaxa?? August 27, 2015

      What kind of risk we’re talking here when it’s basically an “uptown” reharsh (quite better than mentioned). Radio is going to eat it up cause masses will go for it, catchy song indeed. Props for effort though. : >

    • OMG Logic!!! August 27, 2015

      You should be commending them for not sticking to the tired song structure everyone adheres to. Also, THIS is what you call pandering to the lowest common denominator? Not songs like “Window Shopper,” :Fly like a G-6,” “Stupid H03” no the song by the White rapper; that’s the one that appeals to the dumbest people. At least try to be a little less obviously biased next time.

  4. boy August 27, 2015


  5. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy August 27, 2015

    Kanye where the hell is SWISH?

  6. Royalkev August 27, 2015

    A whole bunch of chanting, tributes to 80’s icons and an over-the-top carnival still doesn’t hide the fact that there’s a lack of actual talent or artistic stimulation. I’m tired of seeing these kind of artists feeding us circus gumbo and passing it off as entertainment. That was awful! … Better believe it will be a #1 hit though!

  7. Christina Aguilera August 27, 2015


  8. ATL August 27, 2015

    “-How much did we have for the video ?
    -1 000 000 $
    – ok deal “

  9. Chaelin Lee (p.k.a – CL) is coming | 재 이현 김 August 27, 2015


  10. Molly August 27, 2015


  11. jelly August 27, 2015

    new king of rap

    • Molly August 27, 2015


  12. ratedxxx August 27, 2015

    I like it….I like the fact that he’s not taking himself seriously….unlike these so called artists with a stick so far up their a***….

    eminem didnt become the rapper that he’s now, on his first try…

  13. Chaelin Lee (p.k.a – CL) is coming | 재 이현 김 August 27, 2015

    Who cares that he’s white? People can be so petty….and racist LEL

  14. Barb-wire August 27, 2015

    Not here for it! Damn, just when is the King Andre 3000 releasing new music? The rap game is not the same without his Legendary ass.

  15. Truth August 27, 2015

    Total rubbish.

  16. JDE August 27, 2015

    Y’all can miss me with this stale cheese, designed to appeal to year 2000 born kids.

  17. k August 27, 2015

    this reminds me of uptown funk.

  18. OMG Logic!!! August 27, 2015

    Oh look. A White rapper trying to live his dream and getting 5hit on by people who should know better. And please don’t come in here and pretend that you’re being objective, or that he’s not rapping the way YOU think he should be rapping. That thin veneer of BS is nothing but an excuse to hide the racism in the hip-hop/rap community.

  19. Oscar August 27, 2015

    I honestly gave it a chance… and I really don’t get it or like it… it’s messy and all over the place, his rhymes or lack thereof, are terrible, the video is stupid…. idk

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