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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis present the official music video for Can't Hold Us feat. Ray Dalton.

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Note from Ryan Lewis:

It seems like when a music video comes out, the title that receives all of the credit and travels with a film is that of the director. It's as though the director is the "artist" or "creator" of the music video, when in reality a music video is first a written treatment, produced (putting together ingredients like actors and locations), shot and directed, cut on the editing board and finally color graded. The music might be fine tuned and scored specifically for that film. There are so many variables that are completely equal if not sometimes more complicated than directing, it's a shame that so much credit comes down to whoever fulfills that position. A director wouldn't have shit to direct without a producer. A producer would have nothing to produce without a writer, and so forth.

For our team, I think it's even more complicated because roles tend to cross over. We simply don't work within the conventional hierarchy of the film industry (director, producer, etc.) Sure, people have concrete pre-defined roles based on their expertise, but our team has the remarkable ability to wear multiple hats. Can't Hold Us was a video that showcased this well.

After three months of shooting, finally getting to those last few frames where you reveal the credits, it's a tense moment. There isn't exactly a sensible way to do it, if we're trying to fit people into classic film roles. It leads me to the point that although we do our best to give people titles, this was a video fully created by seven individuals at the forefront. Take any of those people out of the equation, you'd be watching a very different video. I write this in hopes that you don't fall under the illusion that one person creates a music video, particularly at the Macklemore camp. We are constantly challenging and enhancing each others ideas and I take pride in believing that's the reason we make great videos. - Ryan Lewis

Music Video:

Written By

Ben Haggerty

Ryan Lewis

Tricia Davis

Directed By

Ryan Lewis

Jason Koenig

Jon Jon Augustavo

Produced By

Tricia Davis

Honna Kimmerer

Jenny Koenig


Ben Haggerty

Ryan Lewis

Ray Dalton

Owuor Arunga

Da Kadu Brown

Director of Photography

Jason Koenig

Ryan Lewis

Mego Lin

Stedicam Operators

Chris Duerkopp

Rhys Duncan

Ant Ireland

Alex Kornreich

Production Assistants

Linda SImonsen

Jackie Ganger

Edward Tran

Adam Leeman

Nic Adenau

Johnny Valencia

Ben Campofreda

Seth McDonald

Mitchell Overton

Lei Tao

Editing & Color Grading

Ryan Lewis

Jason Koenig

Post Production Supervisor

Erik Hustad

Special Thanks



Victory Studios

Koerner Camera

Space Needle

Ryan Sanson

Lady Washington

Logan Neitzel

Sierra Blu Kennels


Niche Camera

Karen Stimwell & Co.

Hollywood Props, Auckland

Helicopters Northwest

Niche Camera


Absolute Technologies

Court in the Square

First Scene Costume, Auckland

Painted Camels Unlimited

Graeme Menzies

Colin McKay

Daniel Cooper

Mercury Bay Aero Club

Whitianga Charters

Dylan Henderson

Jason Bosch

Kyle Bosch

Hollywood Animals

Michael Barrett/United Reprographics

Peter Pathe


Can't Hold Us feat. Ray Dalton

(B. Haggerty, R. Lewis, R. Dalton)

Macklemore Publishing BMI, Ryan Lewis Publishing BMI

Produced by Ryan Lewis for Macklemore DBA Ryan Lewis LLC

Written by Macklemore

Additional Vocals by Ray Dalton, Camila Recchi, Victoria Fuangaromya, Tyler Andrews

Trumpet by Owuor Arunga

Trombone by Greg Kramer

Violin, Bells, and String Arrangement by Andrew Joslyn

Violin by Caroline Faflak

Violin by Jared MacFarlane

Viola by Elisa Clegg

Cello by Danah Olivetree

Cello by Natalie Mai Hall

Recorded and Mixed by Ryan Lewis, Ben Haggerty

Macklemore/RyanLewis Studios, Seattle, WA

Mastered by "Big Bass" Brian Gardner, Hollywood, CA


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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis managed by Zach Quillen

Can we go back, this is the moment

Tonight is the night, we'll fight till it's over

So we put our hands up like the ceiling can't hold us

Like the ceiling can't hold us

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