Macklemore makes the cover of 'Rolling Stone'

After last month's extremely controversial decision to put accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover, "Rolling Stone" has opted for someone much safer -- and closer to home. Today, the magazine debuted its August cover subject: Seattle rapper and chart-topper Macklemore.

This is his first time gracing the cover of the iconic music magazine.

In the story, Macklemore -- whose real name is Ben Haggerty -- talks openly about his drug and alcohol addiction, his stance on marriage equality, and the way he first felt when "Thrift Shop" started to gain momentum.

"I went through a place of not being happy, getting put in the box of 'This is a novelty rap song,'" the 30-year-old tells writer Brian Hiatt, "and being like, 'What did I sign up for'?"

Macklemore spoke with Hiatt alongside his producer and partner, Ryan Lewis, with whom he released 2012's "The Heist," an album that has since gone Gold. The album's success was driven by singles like "Can't Hold Us" and the pro-equality anthem, "Same Love."

The two definitely have star power both nationally and locally; they've sold out two out of three Seattle shows slated for December, and recently shut down Broadway Street when rumors of a secret concert hit the internet, in addition to sitting in the top spot on the Billbord Hot 100 with multiple singles this year.

The issue hits newsstands this Friday, August 16.