Macklemore Net Worth
Macklemore’s net worth is around $16 million. His birth name is Ben Haggerty, and he became interested in rap music at the age of six. One of his first big hits, “The Heist” catapulted him to fame on the iTunes and Billboard charts.
Macklemore was born on June 19, 1983, in Seattle, Washington. Taking to hip-hop as a kid, he eventually released solo work before succumbing to drug abuse and entering rehab in 2008. He then teamed up with producer Ryan Lewis, and the two went on to have huge success with their debut album, The Heist, and the singles “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us,” with millions of copies sold. In 2014, the duo won four Grammys, including the prize for Best New Artist, and released their sophomore effort This Unruly Mess I’ve Made two years later.
Background and Early Career
The rapper known as Macklemore was born Ben Haggerty on June 19, 1983, in Seattle, Washington, growing up in the Capitol Hill area. His mother was a social worker who encouraged her son to be supportive of difference. He took to performing as a child, and was influenced by the likes of hip-hop groups Kris Kross and Digital Underground as well as pop superstar Michael Jackson.
He eventually attended Garfield High School, the alma mater of musical luminaries like Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix. It was at Garfield where Haggerty started to use liquor and drugs heavily, though his parents tried to end the habit by moving him to another school and into a college-credit program.
He attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and in 2000 released an EP dubbed Open Your Eyes under the moniker Professor Macklemore. He released his full-length debut, The Language of My World, in 2005.
Drug Abuse and Rehab
With the young rapper increasingly entering the spotlight, he was consumed by the allure of sex and a variety of drugs, spiraling downward from the abuse. At his father’s behest, Macklemore entered a 35-day rehab program in the summer of 2008.
Teaming With Ryan Lewis
Right before he took steps to become sober, Macklemore had met teenage DJ and producer Ryan Lewis. The two teamed up and in 2010 released the Vs. Redux EP. Rather than go the traditional record-label route, the duo opted instead to work on their full-length debut independently, relying on their own business savvy, hard work, word of mouth and online buzz. They released the album The Heist in October 2012.
Macklemore Bio Info
Full name: Benjamin Hammond Haggerty
Born: 19 June 1983 (age 34 years), Kent, Washington, United States
Height: 1.79 m
Spouse: Tricia Davis (m. 2015)
Children: Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty
Labels: Macklemore LLC
Genres: Hip hop; alternative hip hop; comedy hip hop
- Do you want to live life, or do you want to escape life? – Macklemore
- Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heartstrings. It acts as medicine. – Macklemore
- You can only watch injustice go on for so long until you’re compelled to say something. To speak out against it. – Macklemore
Macklemore Videos on YouTube
MTV News takes a deep look into Macklemore’s struggles with fame and addiction, the joys of fatherhood, and his sophomore album with Ryan Lewis.