Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ new album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, is certainly not lacking when it comes to guest spots. The second studio effort from the Seattle duo features Chance the Rapper, Idris Elba, Anderson Paak, Leon Bridges, KRS-One, DJ Premier, Grandmaster Melle Mel & Kool Moe Dee and Ed Sheeran. So, it’s not as if it’s missing the added punch of star power.
But oh man, that added punch could have been an added full throttle ninja kick if only a certain English songbird had said yes.
Speaking to The New York Times recently, Macklemore revealed that none other than Adele was asked to appear on the album, lending her vocals to “Growing Up,” a track that would eventually feature Sheeran instead. Yet Adele “graciously passed,” which we in no way doubt because Adele is perfect and part of that perfection is the wonderful deployment of delightful manners.
Macklemore was asked if anyone else turned the duo down, to which he responded that they probably got some answering machines and the runaround from some folks, but no one besides little ol’ Adele politely declined. Although you do have to wonder who else they asked, especially because the “Hello” singer would have been a pretty big get. If they asked her, were they out there cold-calling other heavy hitters? I’m thinking Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Steph Curry, David Schwimmer, among others.
Guess we’ll never know.