Macklemore and Kesha (no more $) are co-headlining a tour together this summer in support of the release of their recent albums. It’s called The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore and if we’re honest, it sounds like it’ll be a blast.
They two of them just performed together at the Billboard Awards and on Ellen, singing their hit “The Good Old Days” which appears on Macklemore’s album. Okay, so the touring matchup isn’t so random considering they have a song together, but the idea of combining these two artists in the first place is just fabulously unexpected.
They’re kicking things off in Phoenix on June 6th and bouncing around the USA for two months entertaining fans and showing off their new jams with 30 different shows. They wrap up on August 5th in Tampa. The two announced their tour via this pretty funny video on YouTube.
Macklemore (actual name “Ben Haggerty”) is the guy we usually see rapping alongside producer and DJ Ryan Lewis. In fact, it’s a little weird to see Macklemore’s name solo, isn’t it? Together, they’ve made hits like “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” and won several Grammys since first collaborating in 2008. The duo’s music is upbeat, fun pop-rap that’s often socially touching, like their popular single about gay marriage, “Same Love.” In 2017, the duo announced a hiatus from working together and now Macklemore is flying solo. (Let’s hope Ryan Lewis is cool with him performing all their hits on this tour without him!)
The 34-year-old white rapper from Seattle is known for colorful music videos where he looks like he’s having a really good time – riding scooters, dancing, thrift shopping, rolling around town in a convertible, and even incorporating his grandma into one of his most recent videos, “Glorious.” In 2017, he also released the song “Marmalade” with rapper Lil Yachty. Now we’ll get to see what his latest album Gemini can bring to the table in terms of a live show.
Macklemore might seem a little silly, but he’s a hell of a rapper and you just know he’s got a good heart. Macklemore’s songs are rowdy yet honest, and he’s sure to get the crowd involved. This is his fifth tour and he knows what he’s doing.
Kesha follows the same sort of vibe, with her bad girl, party anthem, give-no-f’s image turned more serious yet edgy, heartfelt songstress. The “Tik Tok” and “Timber” singer went through some legal battles behind the scenes with a producer between 2014 and 2016. Through those years, she also recorded several tracks while in rehab for bulimia. She’s recently returned to the the music scene with the release of “Praying,” a much different song than we’ve ever heard from Kesha. Less party-party and autotune, more serious and emotional.
You knew Kesha was gonna be big when she appeared on FloRida’s “Right Round” talking about brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack. It’s the kind of music you want to get ready to, so hopefully she’ll play some of the old faves. Her album Animal went platinum while Cannibal went gold, and she’s had several hits between the two of them.
Kesha’s music is very rock and pop influenced, with some techno mixed in. Though constantly underestimated and judged as a bit of a trainwreck, she says she’s actually really responsible. Turns out the girl can really sing and play the guitar too! Her latest album Rainbow is a bit more serious from what we’ve heard, with tons of instrumental components, a little country influence, and great vocals. TBD how that will translate into a live show, but this is her sixth tour so we figure she’s got this down.
FYI, a portion of the proceeds from this tour are going toward a good cause so you can feel like you’re supporting something awesome if you buy a ticket! Kesha will be donating a dollar from each ticket to RAINN, the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, while Macklemore will be contributing to Plus 1, which advances social and racial justice.