By now I’m sure we’re all well aware that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis shook the Hip Hop world ever since racking up on Grammy night. Hip Hop veteran Talib Kweli Recently chopped it up with DJ Whoo Kid about the whole situation and describes the first time he met Macklemore at the XXL Freshmen Show.
“I met Macklemore at the [XXL] Freshmen show he did at Best Buy,” said Kweli. “It was MGK, Danny Brown, Future… To me, Macklemore did the best that night. I had heard the name, but I’d never seen him perform. Then I went to Seattle a year later, this was when ‘Thrift Shop’ was about to pop, I did a show, and he was in the audience, and I was like, ‘Alright, come on stage and rap.’ And he did real good.”
“So then, when I changed agencies, I got with the same agency as them right as their records was blowin’ up, and he was doing interviews talkin’ about his favorite album was me and Hi-Tek’s album… So I hit my agent up, that tour would make a lot of sense for me. That’s the only tour that sold out in the country Hip Hop-wise. These other tours, God bless them, but they wasn’t sellin’ out.”
Kweli went on to discuss how the classic “Get By Remix” with Jay- Z came about.
“I had met Jay at Lincoln Center. He was doing shows with The Roots… He had a two-way pager, and he had given me his two-way pin number. And I hit him on the two-way, and I’m like, ‘I got this record,’ this was before ‘Get By’ was even a single. I had this shit planed out. I was like, ‘I want you to get on this remix.’ And for three months, he would be like, ‘I’m on it. I’m on it.’ …and then I got a two-way back, he was like, ‘Send me your email.’ I sent him my email, and five minutes later, the verse was in my email.”
Full video interview below: