Much is at stake for Macklemore on his sophomore album This Unruly Mess I've Made, which drops tomorrow. The dude has been sweating bullets under the internet microscope for the past three years, and the singles he's put out over the course of the last few months -- ranging in quality from the legitimately good "Kevin" to the highly dubious "Downtown" -- have done little to sway the haters, who remain rabid as ever.
On the other side of the spectrum, Chance the Rapper ascended to a nearly unimpeachable position in the rap game after people heard his verse on "Ultralight Beam."
Chance lends Macklemore some much-needed credibility on "Need to Know." Macklemore holds it down with his trademark hyperself-awareness. But, once again, Chance steals the show.
Stare at the cue cards, take out the juke parts
Take out the God references, just leave the cool parts
I remember opening for Ben, wasn't no liquor at the show
And now the white girls call me nigga at my show