Macklemore has released a new song with Ryan Lewis and Ed Sheeran called “Growing Up” that he’s dedicated to his daughter Sloane.

Macklemore Drops ‘Growing Up’

Macklemore used the release of his new song to announce that he and Tricia Davis welcomed their first daughter on May 29.

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“I’ve always had some make-believe image in my head of who I would be as a father. I held on to clear expectations of where I wanted to be in my career, my age, my level of self-care, and my maturity. I basically assumed that I’d have it all together,” Macklemore wrote in his announcement. “But in actuality the hypothetical “dad” version of me looked completely different than the man whose heart was beating out of his chest on the carpet, praying to a god or spirit I hadn’t talked to in months. When Tricia walked out of the bathroom, I knew. And I knew I had to change.”

 

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“When you try to escape yourself, life has an interesting way of creating situations that force you to come back. To look at who you are. This is why ‘Growing up’ felt like the right song to re-emerge with,” Macklemore added. “It’s where I’ve been the last year. Through the ups and downs. We didn’t want to do a big campaign or anything over the top with this. We just wanted to put out good music, directly to the people that have been here since the beginning. Thank you for your patience.”

“Growing Up” is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ first new track since 2012’s The Heist came out. The song, which explores where Macklemore is in his life as well as offering advice to his daughter, is the artist’s realization of his newfound fatherhood.

“Our daughter, Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty was born 2 months ago on May 29th,” Macklemore concluded his announcement. “There is nothing like the joy and happiness that comes from bringing a baby into this universe. She has filled my heart in ways that I never knew were possible. She is the love of my life. This song is for her.”

While Macklemore announced the new song and the birth of his child, Davis announced that she and the rapper wed earlier this summer after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.

“We had our beautiful baby girl on May 29th,” Davis wrote on Instagram. “Got married on June 27th once the Supreme Court ruled same sex couples could too… And now new music. Thank you all for being patient, this year has been incredible so far, we love you.”

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