Ben Haggerty (born June 19, 1983), better known by his stage name Macklemore and formerly known as Professor Macklemore, is an American musician. Macklemore works with Ryan Lewis (producer), Andrew Joslyn (violin) and Owour Arunga (trumpet). Haggerty has been releasing music independently since 2000, and has since gained a significant online fanbase. He has released one mixtape, three EPs and two albums without major label support. His music video "Thrift Shop" has been viewed on YouTube more than 57 million times.
Macklemore released his debut studio album The Heist on October 9, 2012, which entered at number 1 on the US iTunes download charts and No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 charts, selling 78,000 copies in the first week.