January 26, 2016


Macklemore Explains Miley Cyrus & Iggy Azalea "White Privilege ll" Call-Outs

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Cindy Ord/Getty Images

At the end of last week, Macklemore and his right hand man Ryan Lewis dropped a nine-minute song titled "White Privilege ll." As you could guess, it's sparked a ton of controversy--lyrics like "We take all we want from black culture / But will we show up for black lives?" inspired and enraged people all over the Internet.

Another point of contention was found in the second verse, where Mack name-checks a few familiar pop stars from the voiced of an enraged listener: "You've exploited and stolen the music, the moment / The magic, the passion, the fashion, you toy with / The culture was never yours to make better / You're Miley, you're Elvis, you're Iggy Azalea / Fake and so plastic, you've heisted the magic / You've taken the drums and the accent you rapped in / Your brand of hip-hop, it's so fascist and backwards."

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Macklemore has explained why he chose to target Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea:

“For me, that second verse is unpacking. It’s an unpacking moment of internalized criticism and self-doubt, and 'What have I done,’ and letting the criticism infiltrate who I am. 'Why am I insecure at a protest?’ And I think that people get put into boxes, and the conversation around cultural appropriation — I was at the forefront of that, rightfully so. And that conversation also included Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea, and that’s why their names are on the record.”

Read the rest of the interview here, then click through our list of the 15 most anticipated hip hop albums of 2016.