Macklemore and Ryan Lewis go beyond the thrift shop racks in their explosive ‘Can’t Hold Us’ Woodies performance’
In case you thought Macklemore was just a novelty act, well you probably shouldn’t go trying out for “Jeopardy” or anything, because there’s clearly a lot you don’t know. And if any Macklemore skeptics caught the duo’s 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards performance of “Can’t Hold Us,” it’s impossible to imagine a world in which the explosive act didn’t turn those haters into firm believers as the duo struck out with an aggressive L.L. Cool J “I’m Gonna Knock You Out”-style H.A.M.-fisted vengeance for a performance that went 100 degrees beyond bananas — this ish was bananas foster, as in ON FIRE.
The “Thrift Shop” rapper and his sidekick DJ/producer proved that they’re just as good at turning up and shaking up a crowd as they are at poppin’ tags on bargain circle racks in their dramatically aggressive Woodies performance. And if the ceiling can’t hold ’em, to paraphrase the song’s lyrics, the Woodie Awards could barely hold back the thousands of fans whipped into a frenzy by Ben Haggerty’s breakneck rap skills. Even the white tank felt like a salute to Eminem, whom Haggerty, in top rhyme-spitting, speed-rapping form, could battle any day. And yes, you’re free to hate on me for drawing that comparison, but you’re also welcome to watch their Woodies performance and then tell me I’m not wrong.
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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were joined on the Woodies stage by Ray Dalton, who sings the ominous chant on The Heist‘s second single, giving the performance a deeper dimension and proving that Macklemore’s more than just a party act (though anyone who’s heard “Same Love” knows that these guys have more layers than a Valencia onion). But that didn’t stop Macklemore from diving into the crowd and treating the ferocious performance like a victory lap — something about selling 4.5 million downloads of “Thrift Shop,” becoming one of the most dynamic — and f***ing awesome acts — in hip-hop, and winning the Branching Out Woodie Award could’ve had something to do with that.
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