Macklemore & Ryan Lewis just dropped a new song called "White Privilege II," which is surely going to unleash a wave of dialogue, considering the tune tackles the ongoing racial tension in America and blatantly calls out Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea and Elvis Presley for appropriating black culture just as he been accused of in the past.
"White Privilege II," which serves as a sequel to his 2005 original from the rapper's debut solo album, is eight minutes of powerful bars and an outro from singer/poet Jamila Woods. During the lengthy cut, the MC takes on the perspective of a white person, who believes strongly in the Black Lives Matter movement, and shuns the white artists who he claims have appropriated black culture.
"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," he spits during the second verse. "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."
It's applaudable to see the duo take such a prominent stance on several topics, including Macklemore's own role as a white MC within the hip hop community. It comes off compelling, raw and, more importantly, exemplifies that you can't just run on with good intention. In this case, you need to actually listen to the struggles and needs of the black community. "White Privilege II" will be featured on The Unruly Mess I've Made, which drops in just about a month on February 26.
Well done, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis!
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