In 2005, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dropped a record called “White Privilege”, but unless you’ve been down with the pair since back then, you probably didn’t hear it. Now, eleven years later, with racial tensions much higher than they were back then, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis drop “White Privilege II” featuring Jamila Woods.
At approximately nine minutes in length, Macklemore raps from what is almost a place of guilt, leaving very few stones unturned, offering his commentary on White Privilege, cultural appropriation (he calls out Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus and others), and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
This isn’t a song where Macklemore boasts his White Privilege. This is a song where he exposes it, as well as the people who hide behind it, encouraging them stand with blacks in trying times, if they are going to dabble in the culture to get rich.
As well all know, Macklemore gets a lot of flack in the Hip-Hop community, so those who aren’t fans of his will probably see the title of this song and be quick to dismiss it, but the stand he took is a unique and commendable one.
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