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This Unruly Mess I've Made

This Unruly Mess I've Made is the second studio album by American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. It was released on February 26, 2016, by Macklemore LLC and Alternative Distribution Alliance.[1] The album was supported by three singles: "Downtown" featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz and "Dance Off" featuring Idris Elba and Anderson Paak,[2] along with "White Privilege II" featuring Jamila Woods, which was released as the album's promotional single.[3]

This Unruly Mess I've Made
This Unruly Mess I've Made (Front Cover).png
Studio album by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Released February 26, 2016 (2016-02-26)
Recorded 2013–15
Genre Hip hop
Length 57:39
Label Macklemore LLC, ADA
Producer Ryan Lewis, Oboohoo, Budo
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis chronology
The Heist
(2012)The Heist2012
This Unruly Mess I've Made
(2016)
Singles from This Unruly Mess I've Made
  1. "Downtown"
    Released: August 27, 2015
  2. "Dance Off"
    Released: February 25, 2016
  3. "Brad Pitt's Cousin"
    Released: April 12, 2016

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Following the success of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's debut album The Heist (2012), Macklemore revealed that the album cover artwork for their follow-up album, titled This Unruly Mess I've Made, on January 15, 2016, on his Instagram post.[4] The album was self-released on February 26, 2016.[4] He also revealed on the trailer for their album on his official website,[4] which features himself discussing about how their album was created and their inspiration for making the new music.

SinglesEdit

The duo's lead single for This Unruly Mess I've Made, titled "Downtown", was released on August 27, 2015. The song was produced by Ryan Lewis, who co-wrote it with Macklemore. The duo collaborated with artists including Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz on this track. The music video for "Downtown" featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz, was also released on August 27, 2015.[5]

The album's second single, "Dance Off", was released on February 25, 2016, in Australia, New Zealand and selected countries of Europe. The song was not released in the United States.[6] The song contains a dialogue from actor Idris Elba and a guest appearance from American recording artist Anderson Paak. The music video for "Dance Off" featuring Idris Elba was released on May 17, 2016.[7] "Brad Pitt's Cousin was released as the album's third single on April 12, 2016, also in Australia and New Zealand.[8] The song features guest vocals from Xperience.

Promotional singlesEdit

"Growing Up (Sloane's Song)" featuring Ed Sheeran, was released on August 5, 2015.[9] The previously-leaked track, White Privilege II" featuring Jamila Woods, was released on January 22, 2016.[10]

Other songsEdit

On February 24, 2016, the music video was released for "Kevin" featuring Leon Bridges.[11]

ReleaseEdit

In the weeks and months of predating the album's release, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis shared three songs from the album such as "Downtown" featuring Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz and Eric Nally, "Growing Up (Sloane's Song)" featuring Ed Sheeran, and "Kevin" featuring Leon Bridges.[12]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 59/100[13]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic      [14]
The A.V. Club C+[15]
Entertainment Weekly B−[16]
The Guardian      [17]
NME 3/5[18]
Pitchfork 5.1/10[19]
Rolling Stone      [20]
Spin 7/10[21]
XXL 4/5[22]
Vice A−[23]

This Unruly Mess I've Made has received generally mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, the score currently has a score of 60 out of 100 based on 17 reviews.[13]

Jeremy Gordon of Pitchfork gave the album a 5.1 out of 10, describing it as "an occasionally inspiring, often corny rap album made for winning Grammy nominations and waking the hearts of the unwoken."[19] Louis Pattison of NME said, "It's equal parts witty and serious, poppy and knotty, cracking wise one minute, then demanding you sit quietly and listen carefully through some complicated soul-searching."[18]

Writing for Rolling Stone, Mark Seliger said of the album, "On Unruly Mess, Macklemore's confrontational side returns..."[24] Ray Rahman of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a grade of B−, saying, "Unruly Mess sees him embracing his role as a social justice champion, sent to expand the minds of his (mainly young, white, suburban) audiences."[16]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, with 61,000 album-equivalent units; it sold 51,000 copies in its first week in the United States.[25] The album debuted at number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[26] The album dropped to number 31 in its second week on the Billboard 200 and left the chart entirely after its seventh. As of November 2016 the album has sold 667,000 copies worldwide.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Light Tunnels" (featuring Mike Slap)
Lewis 6:37
2. "Downtown" (featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz)
Lewis 4:52
3. "Brad Pitt's Cousin" (featuring Xperience)
  • B. Haggerty
  • Lewis
  • Tyler Andrews
  • Rawlings
Lewis 3:11
4. "Buckshot" (featuring KRS-One and DJ Premier) Lewis 3:33
5. "Growing Up (Sloane's Song)" (featuring Ed Sheeran)
Lewis 5:05
6. "Kevin" (featuring Leon Bridges)
  • B. Haggerty
  • Lewis
  • Todd Bridges
  • Karp
  • Rawlings
  • Joslyn
  • Andrews
Lewis 4:40
7. "St. Ides"
  • B. Haggerty
  • Lewis
  • Karp
  • Rawlings
Lewis 3:39
8. "Need to Know" (featuring Chance the Rapper)
Lewis 3:52
9. "Dance Off" (featuring Idris Elba and Anderson .Paak)
3:49
10. "Let's Eat" (featuring Xperience)
  • B. Haggerty
  • Lewis
  • Andrews
  • Rawlings
Lewis 2:55
11. "Bolo Tie" (featuring YG)
Lewis 3:37
12. "The Train" (featuring Carla Morrison)
3:07
13. "White Privilege II" (featuring Jamila Woods)
8:42
Notes

Charts and CertificationsEdit

CERTIFICATION: GOLD

CERTIFIED SALES: 700,000 (WW)

ReferencesEdit

Footnotes
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  10. ^ MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FEAT. JAMILA WOODS - WHITE PRIVILEGE II. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016 – via YouTube. 
  11. ^ MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS - KEVIN (FEAT. LEON BRIDGES) - OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016 – via YouTube. 
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Sources

Menyes, Carolyn (January 15, 2016). "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Unpack 'This Unruly Mess I've Made' Tracklist". Music Times. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 

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