The Heist (album)

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The Heist
The Heist cover.png
Studio album by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Released October 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)
Recorded 2009–12
Genre
Length 64:09
Label
  • Macklemore LLC
  • ADA
Producer Ryan Lewis
Macklemore chronology
The Vs. Redux
(2010)
The Heist
(2012)
This Unruly Mess I've Made
(2016)
Singles from The Heist
  1. "Wing$"
    Released: January 21, 2011
  2. "Can't Hold Us"
    Released: August 16, 2011
  3. "Same Love"
    Released: July 18, 2012
  4. "Thrift Shop"
    Released: August 28, 2012
  5. "White Walls"
    Released: October 8, 2013

The Heist is the debut studio album by American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. It was released on October 9, 2012, by Macklemore LLC, distributed under the Alternative Distribution Alliance. The album was independently self-produced, self-recorded and self-released by the duo, with no mainstream promotion or support. After the album's release, the duo hired Warner Music Group's radio promotion department to help the push with their singles for a small percentage of the sales.[3]

The album was recorded in Seattle, Washington between 2009 and 2012. Within each series of singles were released, before the album release from 2010 and onwards; the fifth single "Thrift Shop" being the most commercially successful – peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, number one in 17 other countries, including number one positions in New Zealand and Australia, as well as a successful run on the charts in many other countries. The album's third single "Can't Hold Us" was also largely commercially successful, peaking at number one in the United States, Australia, and Sweden.

The album sold 78,000 copies in its first week, debuting at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart and at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums charts, while entering the Canadian Albums Chart at number 4.[4] The album received generally positive reviews from music critics. On January 26, 2014, it won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, where it was also nominated for Album of the Year and earned Macklemore and Ryan Lewis the award for Best New Artist.[5] As of early 2016, the album has sold 1,490,000 copies in the United States.[6]

Background[edit]

In July 2012, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis announced that their full-length debut album will be titled The Heist, and it would be released on October 9, 2012, as well as a subsequent world tour to promote the release.[7] On July 18, 2012, the duo released the Mary Lambert-assisted single "Same Love", in support of Washington state's Referendum 74 regarding gay marriage.[8] It was announced that the song will be included on the album, as were previously released singles "Wing$" and "Can't Hold Us". In an interview with The Sermon's Domain, Macklemore confirmed a collaboration with Schoolboy Q on a song about Cadillacs called "White Walls". The song titled "Jimmy Iovine" featuring Ab-Soul was also confirmed.[9] On September 4, 2012, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released a video promoting the deluxe edition of The Heist, showing it as a box made out of faux-gator skin.

Singles[edit]

The album's debut single, "Wing$" was released on January 21, 2011. "Wing$" reached at number 40 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number 12 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 charts.

The album's second single, "Can't Hold Us" featuring Ray Dalton, was released as on August 16, 2011. The track eventually caught the attention of Sean Lynch, a writer from The Source; who initiated an interview to land Macklemore in the magazine's "Unsigned Hype" column in 2012. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 97 for the week ending on February 16, 2013 and peaked at number one on the week of May 18, 2013, and remained there for 5 consecutive weeks, becoming the longest running consecutive number-one of 2013, tied with Harlem Shake by Baauer (although both were later bested by Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", which remained atop the chart for 12 consecutive weeks). It also peaked at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It as well reached at number one in Australia and Belgium.

The album's third single, "Same Love" featuring Mary Lambert, was released on July 18, 2012, and gained significant coverage in the media due to its content supporting same-sex marriage and criticizing homophobia in hip hop culture. "Same Love" debuted at number 99 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending February 16, 2013 and peaked at number 11. The single reached at number one in Australia in the ARIA Charts and on New Zealand's RIANZ chart.

The album's fourth single, "Thrift Shop" featuring Wanz, was very successful commercially. It was released on October 8, 2012, and peaked on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number one for six non-consecutive weeks. Thrift Shop has sold over 6 million copies in the United States.[10] "Thrift Shop" also reached the top of the Australian and New Zealand singles charts and was certified 6× platinum in Australia and 2× platinum in New Zealand. In Canada, it reached at number one on the Canadian Hot 100. The single has also become a veritable international hit, charting in many European singles charts including Austria, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The album's fifth single, "White Walls" featuring guest vocals from fellow rapper Schoolboy Q and singer Hollis, which they was performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 27, 2013.[11] The song was released to Mainstream radio on October 8, 2013.[12] The song has since peaked at number 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Promotional singles[edit]

"My Oh My" was released as the album's promotional single on December 21, 2010. The song was included as a bonus track on the album.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[14]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
DJBooth 4/5 stars[15]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[16]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[17]
Impact 4.5/5 stars[18]
RapReviews.com 8.5/10[19]
RecordingConnection 4/5 stars[20]
Robert Christgau B+[21]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[2]
XXL XL (4/5)[22]

Upon its release, The Heist received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 74, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 8 reviews.[14] Adam Fleischer of XXL praised its originality and production, stating "It’s these sort of astute observations on the human condition and keen self-awareness that set this effort apart. That reality, coupled with Ryan Lewis’ vast, daring and layered production, makes The Heist a truly beautiful album that challenges musical boundaries."[22]

Edwin Ortiz of HipHopDX rated the album 4 out of 5, saying the album was "An exemplary balance of serious and cheerful cuts alike, very seldom does The Heist reach beyond its means. And when it does, it’s more so due to lack of creative placement than effort."[17] In his Barnes & Noble list, Robert Christgau named The Heist as the seventy-second best album of 2012.[23]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Heist debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart, behind only Mumford & Sons's Babel and sold 78,000 copies in its first week, marking the best sales week yet for both Macklemore and Lewis. 83% of the first-week sales derived from digital download. On April 3, 2013, it was announced that the album has reached Gold status, with over 500,000 copies sold.[24] As of February 2016, it has sold 1,490,000 copies domestically.[6] It also debuted at number 4 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs produced by Ryan Lewis.
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ten Thousand Hours"  
4:09
2. "Can't Hold Us" (featuring Ray Dalton)
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
  • Dalton
4:18
3. "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz)
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
3:57
4. "Thin Line" (featuring Buffalo Madonna)
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
  • Nate Quiroga
4:16
5. "Same Love" (featuring Mary Lambert)
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
  • Lambert
5:20
6. "Make the Money"  
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
3:44
7. "Neon Cathedral" (featuring Allen Stone)
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
  • Stone
4:34
8. "BomBom" (featuring The Teaching)
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
4:55
9. "White Walls" (featuring Schoolboy Q and Hollis)
3:40
10. "Jimmy Iovine" (featuring Ab-Soul)
3:53
11. "Wing$"  
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
  • Wear
  • Andrew Joslyn
4:59
12. "A Wake" (featuring Evan Roman)
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
  • Roman
3:46
13. "Gold" (featuring Eighty4 Fly)
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
  • Devon Taylor
4:11
14. "Starting Over" (featuring Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses)
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
  • Bridwell
4:11
15. "Cowboy Boots"  
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
4:16
Total length:
64:09
Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
16. "Castle"  
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
4:18
17. "My Oh My"  
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
4:17
18. "Victory Lap"  
  • Haggerty
  • Lewis
3:34

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[61] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[62] Gold 7,500x
Canada (Music Canada)[63] Platinum 80,000^
France (SNEP)[64] Platinum 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[65] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[66] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[67] Gold 15,000*
Sweden (GLF)[68] Platinum 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[69] Gold 15,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[70] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[71] Platinum 1,490,000[6]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Take Care
Grammy Award for Best Rap Album
2014
Succeeded by
The Marshall Mathers LP 2