Last we heard from Ed Sheeran, the English singer/songwriter was exploring his love of acting, having scored a recurring role on the upcoming FX medieval drama series The Bastard Executioner. It's been even longer since we've heard from Macklemore—in his Complex cover story from last month, we learned of his post-breakout drug relapse, but new music wasn't in sight...until now.
Macklemore and his right-hand man Ryan Lewis have shared "Growing Up (Solane's Song)" featuring Ed Sheeran, an emotive ballad dedicated to Mac's newborn daughter. The dynamic duo is back, and you can take part above. In fact, you can download it for free.
Macklemore wrote on the song's Soundcloud page,
"I wish that I could say that I was in a “better place” when I found out the news. It would make for a far more polished and respectable story. But I think back to that night: praying on the floor at 2am as Tricia went to the bathroom to take the pregnancy test I’d just purchased from Walgreens. I was scared. Scared to start working on new music. Scared of trying again and failing. Scared of the process of staring at myself through a page and seeing someone that I wasn’t proud of. Someone that I didn’t like. Someone that wasn’t ready to be a dad...
...When you try to escape yourself, life has an interesting way of creating situations that force you to come back. To look at who you are. This is why “Growing up” felt like the right song to re-emerge with. It’s where I’ve been the last year, through all the ups and downs. 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."
Looks like Macklemore's the latest on Ed's list of famous friends. Everyone's a Sheerio!