Macklemore Releases New Album “BEN”
American rapper Benjamin Haggerty, aka Macklemore released his third solo studio album “BEN” along with a new music video for “NO BAD DAYS” on March 3, 2023.
It is his first album in six years since the 2017 album “Gemini”.
The album comprises 15-track, featuring guest appearances from Tones and I, Collett, Windser, Sarah Barthel, DJ Premier, Jackson Lee Morgan, NLE Choppa, Livingston, Vic Daggs II, Charlieonnafriday, and Morray.
Produced by Budo, Brian Wall, Daoud, Kid Culture, Macklemore, Naz, Ryan Lewis, Sam Wish, and Tyler Dopps.
The accompanying video was directed by his daughter Sloane Haggerty.
Macklemore has stated that much of the album's content was influenced by his relapse with alcohol addiction during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Macklemore said, “I think that pain is a catalyst for great art. I don't want to inflict the pain on myself anymore to make art. It's not like I need to self-sabotage in order to create, but I think that it created some darker, more honest, and vulnerable moments on the album.”
Macklemore told the music about the album, “Right as COVID started, we were thinking that we were at the tail end – the last 15, 20% of an album. Little did we know that we had a good three years to go before this music would see the light of day.”
He continued, “I use my art as a means of not only performing and getting out in front of the people, but figuring out what the fuck is going on with me. It has served as a therapist in my darkest hours, it served as an outlet in moments where I've felt completely alone, and it has brought me back to the present and reminded me of what is important.”
He added, “It's part of the process and I think that one thing that happened in these five years of making this album is that more life was lived, so there was more opportunity to put different moments into the album as a whole.”
- source : Apple Music