Macklemore returns with a brand new cut off his upcoming album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, with “White Privilege II”.
On the sequel to the original from a decade ago, the rapper takes on racism, the Black Lives Matter movement and cultural appropriation.
“OK, I’m saying that they’re chanting out, ‘Black lives matter,’ but I don’t say it back / Is it OK for me to say? I don’t know, so I watch and stand in front of a line of police that look the same as me,” Macklemore raps on the nearly nine-minute track.
Later, he addresses the appropriation of black culture, while calling out Elvis Presley, Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea.
“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 / You’re branded ‘hip-hop,’ it’s so fascist and backwards / That Grandmaster Flash’d go slap it, you bastard / All the money that you made / All the watered-down pop bullshit version of the culture, pal,” he raps.
In response, Iggy tweeted: “He shouldnt have spent the last 3 yrs having friendly convos and taking pictures together at events etc if those were his feelings.”
What do you think of “White Privilege II”?
This Unruly Mess I’ve Made is due out Feb. 26.