The famous rap duo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, recently released a new single entitled “White Privilege II.” In the 8-minute song, Macklemore speaks on white supremacy, Black Lives Matter and overall racism in America. Needless to say, the track has caused extreme controversy.
In the song, Macklemore mentions names like Iggy Azalea, Elvis Presley, and Miley Cyrus saying, “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.” The rapper also points out that white America likes to imitate Black culture, but when innocent Blacks are killed by law enforcement, white America is unbothered. He plays clips of people making comments like:
- So, they feel that the police are discriminating against the, the black people?
I have an advantage? Why? Cause I’m white? What? Haha. No. People nowadays are just pussies.
- Like, this is the generation to be offended by everything.
- Black Lives Matter thing is a reason to take arms up over perceived slights.
People’s opinions of the song come in wide variations. Some are saying Macklemore is right and this is some of his best work. Others are highly offended and say he is an example of the pot calling the kettle black by taking shots at the likes of Elvis Presley. Some people are even taking it as far as to say, “Macklemore wants to be black so bad.”
One person who wasn’t fond of Macklemore’s sentiments was Iggy Azalea, who shared her reaction to the song in a tweet.
@lggysBae he shouldnt have spent the last 3 yrs having friendly convos and taking pictures together at events etc if those were his feelings
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) January 22, 2016
At the beginning of the track, Macklemore expressed that he’s not even sure if it’s his place to be making the song. “Thinking if they can’t, how can I breathe? Thinking that they chant, what do I sing? I want to take a stance cause we are not free, And then I thought about it, we are not we. Am I in the outside looking in, or am I in the inside looking out? Is it my place to give my two cents? Or should I stand on the side and shut my mouth for justice?” says the rapper.
Is Macklemore right for making the controversial record? Is he saying things that Black rappers should use their platform to say? Comment below and weigh in!
Written By: Rahkiya Brown