Interview by Kai Hayashi | Photos by Todd Cooper
If you haven’t heard Macklemore (aka Ben Haggerty) yet, this may be the year he finally rolls through your playlist. The Seattle-based hip-hop artist created quite a stir in 2010, and has watched his popularity and fan base grow substantially over the year. The hard work he and his producer Ryan Lewis have put in has paid off, spreading their music though word of mouth and the Internet minus the help of a major recording deal. The duo performed March 1 to a sold out crowd at Eugene’s Historic WOW Hall, and prior to the show Macklemore graciously spoke to me about his life, music and the direction he sees his life going.