A Look Inside The Incredible D.I.Y. Hustle Of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis [VIDEO]

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documentary filmmaker Jabari Johnson. His latest project looks at d.i.y. Hip-Hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose "The Heist" just debut at #2.

I always check Hypebot to see what's going on in within
the music industry landscape and I know it's helped a lot of DIY musicians over
the years. As a documentary filmmaker I'm always looking for who to
cover, who is next, and most importantly who is making amazing music that has a
story worth telling. I've known Macklemore for a few years now and when I first
heard "The
Versus EP
" him and Ryan Lewis put out a years ago I became an instant

We linked up, shot some interview footage (unreleased), and I have been
closely following their career ever since. They have an incredible DIY hustle, and define what it
means to be an artist in my eyes. They don't compromise what they create
because they create everything.


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Jabari Johnson

The story in the film really showcases how these guys
have done so much with so little and my Jabari
series is all about inspiring youth culture to chase their dreams.
I want people to feel inspired from this short film but I also want people to
realize how much Macklemore and Ryan care about their music. They put their everything
into every aspect of their musical experience from songs, to merchandise, album
art, videos, and any little thing in between.


Their album "The Heist"
is amazing and this is just the beginning for these two. Check their
music out at Macklemore.com and subscribe
to my YouTube channel for more
Jabari Presents films every month.


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  1. Truly an inspirational piece Jabari! Being an artist is such a complex and beautifully ugly beautiful career and life. Your doc really covers the ups-and-downs wonderfully. Looking forward to more 🙂 DJP

  2. Thanks a lot Dana! I really appreciate you watching and finding inspiration from it! Yes, as a filmmaker I can completely agree. It’s hard but as you see with Macklemore and Ryan it is worth it in the end! More docs are coming soon, I’d love it if you subscribed to my YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/iamjabari

  3. Very well done. Great interviews. Either it’s remarkable editing or the subjects were just that good on camera. Maybe both.

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