After eight years together, millions of records sold and Grammy wins under their belt, Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis have parted ways.
The Seattle rapper announced the news… where else… on Instagram.
“After the last tour, Ryan and I agreed that some creative space would be good for the both of us,” Macklemore wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption. “Ryan Lewis is my brother forever. We have been working together damn near every day for 9 years and it felt like the right time. This decision came from a place of love for one another.”
He added that there is no bad blood between the two, and their bond remains strong. “I’m the best man at his wedding next month,” he wrote. “There will be more M&RL music to come when the time is right. And you’ll be hearing from Ryan very, very soon (he has some incredible records that are about to drop with other artists).”
Macklemore says he plans to go solo now, and has released the first single from his next album, “Glorious”, which features Skylar Grey and production by Budo and Tyler Dopps. “It felt like the right record to come back with,” the MC wrote. “Embarking on this new chapter of life.”
Further details about Macklmore’s solo album are unknown.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis teamed up in 2009. Three years later, they dropped their platinum-selling debut, The Heist, which spawned three multi-platinum hits — “Can’t Hold Us,” “Same Love,” and “Thrift Shop.”