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Macklemore "Felt the Same Way" As His Critics After Breakout & Relapse

"I was the poster child for a while of, like, cultural appropriation and white privilege and how that panned out within hip hop," the rapper tells MTV in a new interview

Macklemore recently opened up to Complex about his post-fame drug and alcohol relapse, saying he "just wanted to escape.” Now, in a new mini-documentary by MTVMacklemore: Fully Human, the "Can't Hold Us" rapper talks candidly and thoughtfully about the highs and lows of his and Ryan Lewis' music taking over the nation. "We were going super hard, to the point that, um...it was dangerous." He goes on:

"I didn't know exactly how to deal with it. Just...it's like, people want a nightcap for a reason. They wanna sit back and numb out and watch TV and have a drink or smoke some weed and go back to their day the next day and keep it pushing. For me, there's no such thing as like, a drink or a drug. It's just either on or off."

Macklemore says the 20-year-old version of himself would've said, "Yo, fuck this dude" if he encounter "Thrift Shop." He admits that he understands the intense scrutiny the media heaped upon him, even if it led to his emotional collapse:

"I was the poster child for a while of, like, cultural appropriation and white privilege and how that panned out within hip hop, the white people winning all the awards that are given out by other white people that have this certain merit and all of that. I felt the same way as a lot of the criticism."

Also in Fully HumanRyan Lewis talking about the new album he and his collaborator were able to make once Macklemore got sober and happy again, plus cute footage of Mack with his sobriety-inducing baby daughter, who evidently enjoys Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice."

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' comeback track, "Growing Up (Sloane's Song)," a free download featuring Ed Sheeran, is out now:

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