They've just released a song dubbed "so bad it would make Tupac cry" so let's hope Macklemore and Ryan Lewis don't play it when they return to New Zealand in July.

The Gammy-winning hip-hop duo, known for their gay rights anthem Same Love, are returning for two shows, playing Auckland's Vector Arena on July 28, and Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on July 30.

The Seattle-based duo recently released a song called Spoons - about spooning in bed - that was slated as one of the worst songs every recorded.

Read more: Macklemore's Spoons so bad it would make 'Tupac cry'


Thankfully, they didn't include Spoons on this month's new album This Unruly Mess I've Made, but their second album - the follow-up to 2012 chart buster Heist - hasn't been well received.

TimeOut reviewer Chris Schulz said album cut Brad Pitt's Cousin was "so bad it may make you wish you'd never been born with ears" in a review that gave it two-and-a-half stars.

Read more: Album review: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, This Unruly Mess I've Made

Tickets for the shows go on sale on March 11. A Spark pre-sale starts on March 8, and a My Live Nation pre-sale on March 10.