Macklemore, left, and Ryan Lewis, the hip-hop duo, at the Hudson Hotel in New York, Feb. 10, 2016. After becoming a pop sensation with “Thrift Shop,” the duo kept a low profile, in part due to a drug relapse on Macklemore’s part. Now they are back with their second full-length, “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.

Macklemore, left, and Ryan Lewis, the hip-hop duo, at the Hudson Hotel in New York, Feb. 10, 2016. After becoming a pop sensation with “Thrift Shop,” the duo kept a low profile, in part due to a drug relapse on Macklemore’s part. Now they are back with their second full-length, “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.

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In November, Fort Worth soul singer Leon Bridges made his American Music Awards debut alongside hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, guest starring on the song "Kevin." 

The track, an exploration of the ins and outs of drug addiction, is featured on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' new album, This Unruly Mess I've Made, out Feb. 26. The video, however, dropped earlier this week, and Bridges makes his cameo among broken down relics of an abandon hospital.

Much like Bridges' soulful interludes offer respite from the otherwise danceable beats and punchy rap verses, so too does his presence in the music video. Just when Macklemore seems to reach boiling point, the camera lingers on Bridges as he brings the tone back down to a simmer. 

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Macklemore described This Unruly Mess I've Made as a project that inspired growth. It helped him look passed negative publicity he's received since dominating the 2014 Grammy awards -- and by some interpretations overshadowing more deserving artists -- with singles such as "Thrift Shop."

"I feel callused in the best way possible, right now, in terms of public perception," Macklemore told AP. "To say that I don’t care would be false. But to say that I’m in the best place that I have been since The Heist would be accurate."

Leon Bridges is keeping momentum from his breakthrough year rolling. He previously wrote a song for the big-deal movie Concussion, and just this week, performed at the White House during a Ray Charles tribute.

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