Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed their new single “Downtown” outside the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles Sunday during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who haven’t released a new album since 2012’s The Heist, performed their leading single off their upcoming album at the VMAs. The duo decided to recreate their music video, which was released just days before, in the streets of Los Angeles.

Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel and Grandmaster Kaz, who feature in the music video, joined Macklemore in the live performance. Foxy Shazam frontman Eric Nally also played a major part in the performance, belting out the hook.


Earlier this summer, Macklemore dropped a single called “Growing Up,” which he dedicated to his daughter Sloane. In a letter that accompanied the release of the new track, Macklemore revealed that he had welcomed Sloane with Tricia Davis back in May. He also confirmed that he and Davis had married on June 27th after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.

While Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released “Growing Up” before “Downtown,” it was released as a standalone track and not the first track off the new album.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s follow up to The Heist is slated to arrive in November.

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