Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist is probably one of the most talked about albums of the year. Released on October 9, 2012, the LP shot to the top of the iTunes charts within moments and, with singles like “Same Love” and “Can’t Hold Us” behind up the “Thrift Shop” anthem, it proceeded to make an impact on the Billboard 200, Rap Albums and Independent Albums charts soon after. “We did it our way” was the duo's slogan and, moving forward, that habit won’t change.
Speaking to Macklemore at a press conference at the Grammy Awards nominations, he had some things to say about the follow-up to The Heist. Namely, they’re going to take their time with it:
"There is a lot of pressure. But I think that, you know, as an artist, you control how much you tap into that pressure, how much you feed into that. There are expectations. I want to take our time. I don't want to rush it. I think the biggest mistake that a lot artists make is that they feel like they need to immediately remain relevant push out the first music that comes. And I need to live a little bit of life. ... We took a long time on The Heist, it took three years. I want to take time to make sure that it's right before the people hear what we have and that requires us experiencing life."
Regarding the seven Grammy nominations that the album and the collaborative received.
“[There is] no greater award than the Grammy. I feel like that award as a musician, you are like 'I'll never get one of those,'” he said. “And to be here tonight to be nominated for anything is mind-blowing."
The 56th annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live on CBS from Staples Center Sunday, Jan. 26th. A full list of nominees can be viewed here.