Macklemore and Ryan Lewis dropped White Privilege II, and they took no prisoners when it came to calling out cultural appropriation!
The song calls out fellow artists Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus pretty explicitly for taking from the black community and culture. Iggy immediately responded (surprise surprise) but Miley’s stayed mum.
Still…the Thrift Shop rapper says he didn’t mean to diss either artist. He 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.”
But using Miley and Iggy’s names as shorthand for cultural appropriation isn’t really about YOU, is it, Macklemore?
In all actuality, Macklemore seems fine taking some criticism for starting a conversation:
“So if I’m put on blast, critiqued, broken down, questioned — all those things will happen, and they are completely valid. That’s part of the design of the conversation. If there’s a bigger teachable moment through this record, at the expense of me potentially being like, ‘Oh, I should have said this,’ or ‘I shouldn’t have said this,’ or ‘I see where that criticism is coming from,’ that’s OK.”
Shade was thrown, dude, shade. Was. Thrown.