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Following the success of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's debut album The Heist (2012), Macklemore revealed that the album cover artwork for their follow-up album, titled This Unruly Mess I've Made, on January 15, 2016, on his Instagram post. The album was self-released on February 26, 2016. He also revealed on the trailer for their album on his official website, which features himself discussing about how their album was created and their inspiration for making the new music.
The duo's lead single for This Unruly Mess I've Made, titled "Downtown", was released on August 27, 2015. The song was produced by Ryan Lewis, who co-wrote it with Macklemore. The duo collaborated with artists including Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz on this track. The music video for "Downtown" featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz, was also released on August 27, 2015.
The album's second single, "Dance Off", was released on February 25, 2016, in Australia, New Zealand and selected countries of Europe. The song was not released in the United States. The song contains a dialogue from actor Idris Elba and a guest appearance from American recording artist Anderson Paak. The music video for "Dance Off" featuring Idris Elba was released on May 17, 2016. "Brad Pitt's Cousin was released as the album's third single on April 12, 2016, also in Australia and New Zealand. The song features guest vocals from Xperience.
This Unruly Mess I've Made has received generally mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, the score currently has a score of 59 out of 100 based on 17 reviews.
Jeremy Gordon of Pitchfork gave the album a 5.1 out of 10, describing it as "an occasionally inspiring, often corny rap album made for winning Grammy nominations and waking the hearts of the unwoken." Louis Pattison of NME said, "It's equal parts witty and serious, poppy and knotty, cracking wise one minute, then demanding you sit quietly and listen carefully through some complicated soul-searching."
Writing for Rolling Stone, Mark Seliger said of the album, "On Unruly Mess, Macklemore's confrontational side returns..." Ray Rahman of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a grade of B-, saying, "Unruly Mess sees him embracing his role as a social justice champion, sent to expand the minds of his (mainly young, white, suburban) audiences."
The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, with 61,000 album-equivalent units; it sold 51,000 copies in its first week in the United States. The album debuted at number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album dropped to number 31 in its second week on the Billboard 200 and left the chart entirely after its seventh. As of November 2016 the album has sold 667,000 copies worldwide.
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