By Jonathan Hailey
Macklemore continues to address the issues of race and white privilege in hip-hop.
“He’s a White person who raps,” the Seattle native opined. “I think regardless of where you come from or how amazing you are, you’re still a White person appropriating a Black art form.”
The “Thrift Shop” creator spoke about the topic because there is a song on his sophomore project, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, titled “White privilege II,” where he mentions other artists who’ve benefited from white privilege in the industry. There’s a line in the song where Macklemore spits, “The culture was never yours to make better — you’re Miley, you’re Elvis, you’re Iggy Azalea.” Many took that as a diss toward the artists mentioned, but Macklemore says it was misconstrued.
He clarified, “I don’t think people understood that I’m in my own head [saying], ‘You’re Miley. You’re Elvis. You’re Iggy Azalea.’ I’m talking about myself.”
Check out the rest of Macklemore’s interview with Billboard here.