Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, aka Macklemore, is getting older. The 35-year-old, who has released a mixtape, three EPs, and four albums since 2000, recently teamed up with Why Don't We, a boy band formed just two years ago, to remind us that he doesn’t belong in the club.
Macklemore, along with Ryan Lewis, won four Grammy Awards at the 2014 ceremony, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album for The Heist, and Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for "Thrift Shop." Now he's lending his hip hop skills to the boys and appears in the video for the song “I Don’t Belong In This Club,” which was just released yesterday.
In the clip, Macklemore reminds us that sometimes it’s just better to stay at home. Why Don’t We, which includes Daniel Seavey, Jack Avery, Corbyn Besson, Zach Herron, and Jonah Marais, kicks off the video, standing in line at a club. The band members, who are all under 21, fit right in with the rest of the crowd, yet when Macklemore shows up in the second verse, he gets sent to the back of the line by the bouncer, who has no idea who the guy in bell bottoms is.
“Shoulda stayed on the sofa/Forgot I hate being social/And I miss my ex-girl/This Drake song makin’ me ‘motional/I’m feelin’ awkward as hell/I only came here to dance/The DJ ain’t playin’ the cuts/And what do I do with my hands?” he raps before the fivesome returns for the chorus.
The video alludes to the flack Macklemore has received for not being a “real rapper,” something he seemingly takes with a grain of salt. With a net worth of 20 million, he can afford to not care what others think. The rapper has also been open about his addiction to painkillers, appearing in 2016 in Barack Obama's weekly address to talk about the dangers of addiction.
"When you’re going through it, it’s hard to imagine anything being worse than addiction," he said at the time. "But the shame and stigma associated with the disease keeps too many people from seeking the help they actually need. Addiction isn’t a personal choice or a personal failure."
“I Don’t Belong In This Club” is the third release of the year from Why Don’t We, and follows their Top 40 single, "8 Letters." Macklemore, on the other hand, released his last album, Gemini, two years ago. He is currently getting ready for a special performance at the 2019 MusiCares Concert For Recovery, where he’ll be recognized for his activism in helping those recovering from addiction.
Why Don’t We, who have toured with artists such as Shawn Mendes and The Chainsmokers, released the debut album, also called 8 Letters, last August. The album reached number nine on the Billboard 200 charts.