Rain in Seattle can ruin a lot of things. What was supposed to be a quick interview outside of the Hampton Inn in Federal Way turned into a trip back to Seattle as I rode with Macklemore in his¬†Cadillac. Who’s complaining, though? During this ride back, we knocked out an interview that’s been in the making for many months now.

Macklemore’s fall is going to be big as his debut album,¬†The Heist, with Ryan Lewis is coming out on October 9 and his extensive world tour (pick up tickets here) follows starting on the 12th.¬†So, during our interview, we were able to discuss ¬†how his debut is different from past projects, Schoolboy Q appearing on a song, the annual pizza party, his past drug issues, best moments of his career so far and much more. Full¬†synopsis¬†below.

His thoughts on Tha Bizness’ music panel we just spoke on (0:13)
Why he dropped the Professor from his name & origins of it (0:51)
Motivation behind wanting to get off drugs (1:46)
If it’s difficult to stay sober and not fall back into that cycle (3:10)
Best moments of his career so far (5:43)
Possibly having his own independent label to help out Seattle and other region artists in the future + who he’s feeling out in Seattle (7:29)
How his annual pizza party with Ryan Lewis came about (10:19)
How The Heist will differ from his previous albums (12:26)
The concept of his Schoolboy Q-assisted track on The Heist (14:04)
Anymore guest features on the album (15:06)
What made Schoolboy Q special enough to be on The Heist? (16:20)
If he plans to work with other producers in his career (17:07)