It took me twenty-something years and a bunch of shitty soundchecks

from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Vipassana Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He battled through drug use and unimpressive albums/mixtapes to get to where he is now. This speaks to his growth as a musician over the last several years. He speaks more on this on The Heist’s “10,000 Hours.”

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