Just last year, you may not have even known who he was. But in October 2012, the release and subsequent success of The Heist (his album with producer Ryan Lewis) turned Macklemore into a household name. What's even more astonishing is that he did it all as an independent artist. Macklemore, whose friends and family know him better as Ben Haggerty, went from viral videos to sold-out arenas in a year's time. With the singles "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us," he was catapulted from near underground oblivion to every television set in America. Macklemore's follow up single, "Same Love" has become mainstream pop culture's anthem for marriage equality and eradicating homophobia. Currently, he's on the road supporting a breakout year that no one could have predicted, sweeping awards shows and turning out festivals with his awe-inspiring live show.
Before his stop at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie Saturday, where he'll perform in all his platform-jumping, confetti-spraying glory, Macklemore talks about what a trip it has been.