Seattle rapper Macklemore is currently prepping to release his sophomore album, This Unruly Mess I Made, on Feb. 26.
He recently garnered a lot of attention by releasing the project’s first single, “White Privilege II,” which is about racism and white privilege in America. Macklemore also calls out Miley Cyrus and fellow white rapper, Iggy Azalea, in what was taken by the Aussie artist as a diss. Macklemore, however denies that he was trying to diss her at all.
Azalea took offense to the record and tweeted to a fan, “He shouldn’t have spent the last 3 yrs having friendly convos and taking pictures together at events etc if those were his feelings.” She also engaged in a second Twitter feud with rapper, Talib Kweli, about her feelings toward the record.
To clear up the alleged diss rumors, Mackelmore told Rolling Stone:
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.
This isn’t the first time Macklemore attempted to start the conversation about white privilege and racism in America. In December 2014, he talked to Ebro In the Morning about his struggles with the topic.
Hopefully this song can start the dialogue about race in America, Macklemore intended for the song.
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