Macklemore Explains Why Ryan Lewis is not Producing "Gemini" Album
"It was a decision that we both came to," Macklemore says a lot of his time as a producer.
Ahead of next week's release of his second solo album Gemini, Macklemore stopped by sway in the Morning to explain why his producing partner Ryan Lewis is absent in the next draft.
The couple separated amicably earlier in the summer, having previously collaborated on a handful of projects, including in the 2012 Grammy-winning album The Heist and last year of follow-up, This Unruly Mess I've Made.
"It was a decision that we both came to," he said. "I think with the last album and how intense it was at times – especially doing 'the Privilege of the White II," that was very intense, as it should have been, a song to write ... I think it was very heavy for a nine-minute song about race. And, again, should be heavy. You can't even scrape the surface."
Although it was finally a mutual decision, Macklemore revealed that it was Lewis who first proposed the idea of going their separate ways after the release of their last album.
"I think with that and some other songs that we made, it was time to take a step back a little," Macklemore continued. "And Ryan was the one that actually brought it up to me, and I was like, 'Yo, let's do an EP.' And he was like, 'I feel like that would be the worst producers for you now.' I am giving you the hundo version. I think that was the best thing he could have said because we need that space. You need space to appreciate someone. We have been working together since nine years ago. We are best friends. We work together every day, music videos, in the studio, all of that. I heard that and at first I was like, 'Damn, the music without Ryan' and I was like, 'you know what? You are right, we need a break.' It was very mutual. He was the person who put it out there in the first place. And there is no love lost. Ryan and I'm going to make music together in the future."
Gemini is set to release next Friday (September 22). In support of the project, Macklemore is scheduled to go on a 19-date tour, which starts in P