LISTEN: Ed Sheeran’s ‘Growing Up’ single with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Maclemore and Ryan Lewis' song 'Growing Up' featuring Ed Sheeran has landed on SoundCloud for fans to enjoy for free.
The artists each teased the release yesterday on their respective Twitter accounts and in a lengthy message to fans accompanying the song, Macklemore (real name Ben Haggerty) reveals it was born in the wake of him finding out he was going to be a father.
"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 be in my career, my age, my level of self-care, and my maturity. I basically assumed that I'd have it all together," he writes.
"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."
He reveals he alternated between recording and attending birthing classes with his wife Tricia and eventually he says, "Ryan had made a new beat that would eventually become the song you're listening to. Half of it is advice about growing up. The other half is trying to figure out how to grow up myself."
He concluded: "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. Hope you enjoy.
"And if you're wondering…Our daughter, Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty was born 2 months ago on May 29th. There is nothing like the joy and happiness that comes from bringing a baby into this universe. She has filled my heart in ways."