“Thrift Shop” is a song by American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. It was released on August 27, 2012 as Macklemore’s eighth career single and the fourth single from their debut studio album The Heist (2012). It features vocals from Wanz. The song was composed to show Macklemore’s esteem for thrift shops and saving money, opposing the flaunting of expensive items many rappers display. Music reviewers praised the song for its humorous lyrics and social critique. It was released in the United Kingdom in January 2013.
Despite being released on Macklemore’s independent label with distribution by the Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), a Warner Music Group Company, the single was a sleeper hit. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and has since sold over 7 million copies in the US alone. The song also reached number one in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. A music video was released to accompany the song’s release on August 29, 2012. The video has garnered more than 960 million views on YouTube. In 2014, the single won two Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.