Ever since Macklemore & Ryan Lewis unveiled the sprawling, nine-minute "White Privilege II" last month, the song (and the duo) have been endlessly debated online. Now it's time to debate the first live performance of the song, which came on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night (Feb. 8).
The performance was a truncated seven minutes, but featured Jamila Woods, poetry breakdowns and a chorus behind Macklemore, who was dressed in a black hoodie. It was a deeply powerful affair, whatever your particular feelings of Macklemore's synthesis of Black Lives Matter and modern race relations are.
"White Privilege II" will be featured on This Unruly Mess I've Made, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' sophomore album, due out Feb. 26. The album follows 2012's The Heist, which was nominated for album of the year at the GRAMMY Awards.