Macklemore is working to bring arts back to schools!
ET caught up with the 35-year-old rapper over the phone earlier this month, and he opened up about his family, his passion for the arts and when fans can expect new music.
Arts education has always been important to Macklemore, largely because of how much it benefited him growing up.
“I had some great art teachers. And, being honest, I wrote graffiti as a kid and it was a big part of my middle school, early high school era,” he said. “I had a teacher that brought us spray paint and had us spray paint on the desks. Just kind of that different type of approach was really big, not just saying, ‘You kids can’t do this,’ but, you know, ‘You kids can’t do this, how about we figure out a solution to it versus just a punishment.’”
And now, as a dad to two daughters — Colette, 11 months, and Sloane, 3 — with his wife, Tricia Davis, Macklemore is once again experiencing first hand the importance of arts in schools.
“I’m already watching it with Sloane. She’s almost four now and we picked the school that she can really focus in on her creativity and has a social justice mission,” he said. “And then also, of course, putting her into classes wherever she is passionate. That’s one of the things that I have resources for is to be able to pay for private arts education outside of schools, but a lot of people don’t have that.”
With all of his good deeds and focus on staying in “dad mode” for his girls, Macklemore hasn’t released an album since Gemini in 2017. Fans can rejoice though, the rapper confirmed to ET that he is back in the studio ahead of his busy summer of European festivals.
“I don’t know exactly when the album’s gonna be. I’ve been taking a bit of a break, spending time with my girls and really being on dad mode, but started recently to get back in the studio outside of the features that I was doing and make my own music,” he revealed. “So we’ll see where that takes me, but right now I’m just enjoying life wherever it leads.”
“I’m staying busy on the road, getting back into the studio, raising these kids and enjoying it all,” he added.