Published Jan 15, 2016Thrift shop junkies Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have revealed plans to follow up their 2012 mega-smash The Heist with a new LP titled This Unruly Mess I've Made. The hip-hop pair's next full-length is due to drop February 26.
The duo announced the album plans today (January 15) over various social media platforms, with the group's website publishing an open letter from Macklemore about the creation of the LP. According to his essay, the pair "bought a 1985 Suburban, loaded up some equipment and left town," recording the album somewhere in the "wilderness" of the Pacific Northwest.
The essay notes that the rapper had recently become "too comfortable," and that "being comfortable is what kills artists." He goes on to talk about the nature of creativity, ideas of art versus commerce, and what he and Ryan Lewis left the woods with.
"Look at the mess. Not just the one we created, but the one that is the very fabric of our country," Macklemore wrote. "The mess we're all living in. Stop being silent. Even if it's not perfect, or politically correct, you have to speak up and you have to listen."
A video of Macklemore reading his essay can be found down below.
Macklemore also uploaded what is presumed to be the album cover over Instagram, and you can see that image up above.
A tracklisting has yet to go live, but recent tracks cooked up by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis include the old-school rap track "Downtown" and a collaboration with Ed Sheerhan called "Growing Up (Sloane's Song)."