Macklemore Defends ‘White Privilege II’ From Iggy
Is it “Friendship Over” for artists Macklemore and Iggy Azalea? These two are present in one of today’s most trending Twitter feuds over the former’s latest single, “White Privilege II.” Azalea, as expected, tweeted her sentiments regarding Macklemore name-dropping her and Miley Cryus in his song.Advertisement
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ new song comes as a “shoutout” to white artists who use the expense of people of color in their career. Explicitly, the “White Privilege II” dropped down names of artists who they think are guilty of this. Towards the middle of the song, the “Same Love” rapper strikes the lyrics: “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 Inquisitr recently recognized Azalea’s involvement in Twitter wars as “a bit routine.” The “Fancy” rapper posted a series of tweets to expose what she thinks of Macklemore’s song.
But to Macklemore, the song was made in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Racial discrimination is rampant in the entertainment industry, and for the white rapper, he and several other white artists are guilty of cultural appropriation to level-up their careers. For him, the song wasn’t made to diss Azalea nor Cyrus; it’s a fact that is needed to be exposed.
In an in-depth interview with the Rolling Stone, Macklemore explained why “White Privilege II” was composed. Macklemore explained, “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.”