Macklemore brought his latest single, “Drug Dealer,” to life this week when he performed the track on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. Joining him was, of course, the song’s guest vocalist, Ariana Deboo, to make sure the performance held up to the studio version as much as possible. As a result, Macklemore had no problem doing it justice.
Replicating the music video a bit, the performance kicks off with a dark stage as Macklemore begins his verse sitting down. Surrounded by piano notes, Deboo nails her chorus when things start to pick up once verse number two hits. Macklemore picks himself up, too – the rapper stands for the remainder of the song and gets more animated as the track demands more intensity in his delivery. As one of the most vulnerable songs of Macklemore’s career, he’s able to translate the emotion well through the television screen.
Interestingly, we’ve seen Macklemore and Deboo’s names together much more often than we’ve seen his and partner Ryan Lewis’ together – perhaps he’s beginning to inch away from the musician to revitalize his career as a lone artist?
In related news, Macklemore is gearing up to release yet another new solo effort titled “Wednesday Morning,” which will hit digital outlets tomorrow.