Yahoo! On the Road

Macklemore Flaunts His “$100 Hook-Up,” Crowd-Surfs the Badger

View gallery


Forget the Gucci, Louis, Fendi, and Prada; Macklemore might just be the only hip-hop star to glorify a cheap deal for slick threads. (Warning: Video contains adult language.)

At the latest Yahoo! On the Road show with Skylar Grey and cohort Ryan Lewis, the "Thrift Shop" rapper went over his $20 budget to drop *gasp* $100 American on the "$100 Hook-Up": a ridiculous suit complete with shoes from a local mall store. Macklemore upped the ante on his ridic outfit with the addition of a fur jacket, a temporary donation from an audience member. Brand new head-to-toe ensemble, including fur? In hip-hop, that's what we call a steal.

[ Photos: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Perform in Milwaukee ]

Macklemore visited the Grand Avenue Mall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in search of a Bucks basketball jersey for Sunday night's show. The rapper lamented on stage that he could only find jerseys in XL or XXL, so he instead opted for a package deal consisting of a grey suit, satin-y gold shirt, burgundy bow tie and matching pocket square with candy red faux alligator shoes from Nikavonni's. Only an artist like Macklemore can wear a get-up like that and look spot-on. Although Lewis made an excellent point on his Instagram:

View gallery


[Photo: @RyanLewis on Instagram]

In an exclusive interview before the show, Macklemore a.k.a. Ben Haggerty shared his favorite thrift shop find: "A 1991... velour dragon suit," Haggerty told us. "It has a gold dragon."

"Dragon skin," Lewis interjected. Haggerty corrected himself, joking, "when I said velour, I mean dragon skin." Dragon skin suit that only cost him $11? Okay, he was messing with us, but gotta hope he does have a dragon suit hanging in his closet.

Later in the set at Milwaukee's historic Turner Ballroom, Macklemore took a fashion survey of the audience, calling out a Wu-Tang shirt, a sombrero, a poncho, and the most popular item of the evening, fur coats. Singling this dude out, Macklemore asked the audience to pass the dude's fur coat up to the stage and donned what he christened the "Wisconsin Badger" coat. And with that, they launched into their mega-hit "Thrift Shop".

After the rowdy performance with special guest Wanz wearing his own amazing suit, an out of breath Macklemore said, "I'm wearing so much polyester and fur right now, I can barely breathe. It's time to get this badger back to its rightful owner."

Feeling a spiritual connection to animals, Macklemore translated the coat's vibes to say, "I feel the aura of this badger. The badger was like 'Psst, psst... hey homie, I'm dead now. What I want, I want to crowd surf... I want to feel the fingers of the people all over my stomach. Let me jump onto the people, Macklemore'. And I was like 'alright, word up badger'."

What's to happen next? Why, crowd surf the badger of course! Surely creating a new Milwaukee mantra, Macklemore had the entire audience excitedly chanting "crowd surf the badger" before tossing it back into the sea of fans and making sure the coat got back to it's rightful owner.

[Videos: Yahoo! On the Road: Songs From Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Skylar Grey]

Heading backstage during a moving rendition of the national anthem by "The Heist" featured singer Ryan Dalton and Wanz, Macklemore re-emerged stripped of his $100 Hook-Up to wear a more performance-friendly ensemble of a thrifty-looking Seattle SuperSonics tank top, jeans, and sneakers for "My Oh My".

But that wasn't the last costume change: For their encore, Macklemore donned one last look for "And We Danced" consisting of a long blonde wig and purple sequin cape with fur trim. Who knew he could work a cape like Donna Summer!

Despite playing shows for the previous five nights in a row, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis brought the house down (literally, the floor was shaking precariously in the historic theater built in 1890) with their set. Besides their breakout single, the set also included "Ten Thousand Hours", "Life Is Cinema", moving gay rights anthem "Same Love", "Can't Hold Us", "Wings" and throwback "Otherside". Plus, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis jumped into the crowd more than any other artist that I have personally seen. Given that fans were waiting outside the venue as early as 6am in their pajamas and blankets in the Wisconsin chill, they definitely earned a chance to get a true feel for these guys!

In our interview, Macklemore also threw down some of his earliest rhymes from a small show he held at 15-years-old:

My lyrics get you blown up like Air Max

Styles are free, but I put it down like a tax

Don't relax. When I'm in your presence

You're losing calories like understated peasants

"...Which made no sense, it just rhymed with 'presence'," Haggerty admitted. Lewis shared another one of Macklemore's early rhymes that was pretty hilarious. But let's just say it's best not to put it in writing for this site. Everyone has to start somewhere!

Watch our favorite moments from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, plus opener Skylar Grey, and check out Yahoo! On The Road for info on more tour dates, how to attend upcoming shows, and more!

Follow Tiffany on Twitter & Instagram: @tiffanycanfly

Follow "YahooMusic" on Instagram

View Comments (291)
Yahoo Live - A New Live Concert Every Day

Recommended for You

  • Ben Stiller's high school noise band will reissue their only album

    Here's something: Ben Stiller probably listened to a lot noisy proto-punk in high school. You know how I know? Because A-list actor, Meet the Parents star, and plucky goofball Ben Stiller was in a band back in his teen days. He played the drums. He played the drums like a wild, pubescent kid who…

    The Verge
  • 6 Albums That Got Leaked

    Popular artists can hardly escape an album leak these days. Here's a look at some of the most recent, famous, and notable.

    The Cheat Sheet
  • Rob Gronkowski, in neon suit, dances on stage at Ultra Music Festival

    The Gregorian calendar is obsolete in Summer of Gronk, which doesn't follow the constructs of modern timekeeping. Simply put: While it might be the first week of spring for most of us, Rob Gronkowski's offseason is one long summer vacation.

    CBS Sports
  • Hip Hop Scene With Breakthrough Collaboration

    LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / March 28, 2015 / Doka Records has announced a very rare and successful music collaboration with some of the most successful rappers in the US under its label. In a statement ...

  • TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs From Jane the Virgin, Forever and More

    I am a simple man, looking to play a simple tune… which is good because it’s time for an all new TVLine Mixtape! What follows is an array of songs recently featured on your favorite shows, including artist and album information in case you want to add them to your personal collection. Spoilers…
  • After Totaling Van, Motionless in White Bounce Back to Fulfill Dreams

    Motionless in White’s latest release, Reincarnate, expands upon the growth of Infamous, featuring a wider variety of tempos, a more memorable array of riffs and numerous vocal styles, including roaring, moaning and even rapping.

    Live Nation
  • Play

    Drops of Jupiter (Official Video)

    Music video by Train performing Drops of Jupiter (Official Video). (C) 1998 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  • Curbed National: OK Go's New Furniture Ad is as Trippy as Their Music Videos

    Screenshot via Youtube Alternative rock band OK Go recently lent their talent for quirky over-the-top music videos to a Chinese furniture company, resulting in what may be the most fun and elaborate furniture commercial ever. This 1:46 ad for Red...

    Curbed Ski
  • Is This the Beginning of the End of One Direction?

    Zayn Malik has left the boy band One Direction, with the group choosing to go on as a four-piece.

    The Cheat Sheet
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards Return for Second Year

    Does America really need another music awards show? Maybe not, but as the success of the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards showed last year, there’s plenty of room in the kudosphere regardless. Now entering its second year with a broadcast on March 29, the ceremony is the prime showcase for radio…

  • 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Composer on the Origins of 'Peeno Noir'

    Jeff Richmond talks with THR about the amusing song's connection to '30 Rock.'

    The Hollywood Reporter
  • Ben Stiller's High School Garage Band Sets Album Release

    Before Ben Stiller was Derek Zoolander or Greg Focker, he was just another high school student messing around in a garage band. In the late Seventies, Stiller and a few of his New York City friends, including frontman Kriss Roebling, formed the band Capital Punishment, with the future Tropic…

    Rolling Stone
  • Rob Gronkowski twerks on-stage at music festival

    The party never ends for Rob Gronkowski. And there's been another sighting. In fact,the Super Bowl-winning tight end was hard to miss. Sporting a neon yellow tank top, Gronkowksi jumped onstage atUltra music festival during aperformance by 3Lau. And he got to working -- and twerking.

    Comcast SportsNet New England
  • Steve Grand Finds (And Loses) Love In His New Video

    Singer-songwriter Steve Grand finds -- and loses -- love in snowy Chicago in his latest video, "Time." The out star, 25, gets cozy with hunky model Daniel Williams in the clip for the piano-driven pop ballad, which is a cut from his debut album, "All-American Boy," released March 23. The video…

    Huffington Post
  • Why Zayn Malik's Departure From One Direction Won't Hurt Band's Music Sales

    Recent history has shown that boy bands maintain sales momentum for two albums.

    The Hollywood Reporter
  • Ozzy Osbourne Needs Surgery, Cancels Ozzfiesta

    The Ozzfiesta was initially scheduled for May 27th at Riviera Maya’s Hard Rock Hotel, but the procedure “requires at least four weeks of recovery time,” the Ozzfiesta promoter Cool Breeze Concerts said in a statement. Cool Breeze is offering refunds to people who planned on attending the fest or…

    Yahoo Music
  • Play

    Tu Sonrisa

    Music video by Elvis Crespo performing Tu Sonrisa. (C) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC

  • Destiny's Child Stage Surprise Reunion at Stellar Awards

    Destiny's Child staged a surprise reunion at the 30th annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Saturday night as Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams appeared together at Las Vegas' Orleans Arena to perform Williams' "Say Yes." Beyoncé and Rowland previously collaborated on the studio version of…

    Rolling Stone
  • Bob Dylan’s 7 Best Country Songs

    "Bob Dylan might be the most important country music maker in the 20th century," said Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor.

    The Cheat Sheet