Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
For Macklemore, The What Stage — where, impressively, the rapper made his Bonnaroo debut — was a proving ground, not just to prove he's not some flash-in-pan one-hit-wonder with a novelty hit, the ubiquitous, fucking awesome "Thrift Shop," but that he has the makings of a genuine superstar, taking the massive crowd in the palm of his hand and communicating directly with them. "I believe we are in the biggest civil rights fight of our generation," Macklemore said introducing the song "Same Love." And the crowd agreed. That much was abundantly clear when the rapper implored them to point a single index finger up in the air if they supported equality. "That's the most ones we've ever seen at one if out shows and that's a beautiful thing." Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are nothing if not original, writing their own emo-to-quirky hip-hop playbook free of the machismo and other tired hip-hop tropes.