Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and their assorted guests took to the Tonight Show stage to perform their new single “Downtown.”
After making a modest impact on the Hot 100, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are trying to amp some excitement for the lead single from the follow up to 2012’s ‘The Heist.’ The performance was predictably straight-forward, with Macklemore bounding and leaping all over the stage, Ryan Lewis looking very somber indeed and Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz steeling the show. Check it out:
Despite being a pretty polarizing track, “Downtown” gets better with every listen and the performance gave it a spark that studio version’s so sorely missing. Will it boost the song to the dizzying heights of “Thrift Shop”? Unlikely, but it’s probably a little premature to call time of death on this one yet.