Macklemore Talks Cultural Appropriation In Hip Hop & Making “White Privilege 2”


(AllHipHop News) The rise of chart-topping rappers like Macklemore and Iggy Azalea over the last few years has led to many discussions about cultural appropriation of Hip Hop and White privilege. Macklemore tackled the subjects head on in a new cover story with Complex. The Grammy-winning artist revealed their could be a sequel to the song “White Privilege” off his 2005 project The Language Of My World.

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“Writing that song in 2004—that was a different version of me. I was an unknown. I was making an observation: Look at what’s happened. Pointing – not in a negative way – but making cultural observation,” says Mack. “Fast-forward 10 years, my vantage point isn’t pointing the finger at anyone else anymore. It’s pointing the finger at myself. It was pointing the finger at myself then, too, questioning things. But it’s different when – cultural appropriation and white privilege in regard to Hip Hop – you’re the example.”

A lot of cultural and political activity around race has happened since Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released their breakthrough album The Heist in 2012. The high-profile police killings of African-Americans such as Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, and Freddie Gray have ignited protests around the country. The recent controversial death of Sandra Bland is one of the latest cases to make national news.

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It appears Macklemore is not looking to avoid discussing relevant issues like the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The 32-year-old performer is contemplating how he can address topics around race and racism in a thoughtful, respectful, and honest method.

“How do I participate in this conversation in a way that I’m not preaching, where I’m not appearing like I know it all? ’Cause I don’t know it all. I’m learning every time I have a conversation around the issue,” stated the Seattle native. “How do I affect change? How do I not preach to the choir? How do I authentically initiate discourse without co-opting the movement that’s already happening? You are constantly having to check your intention as a White person doing any sort of antiracist work.”

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Listen to Macklemore’s 2005 song “White Privilege” below.