Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are no strangers to controversy and incite exactly that on their latest track ‘White Privilege II.’
The song, which features on the duo’s upcoming new album ‘The Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ (due Feb 26th), sees the indie stars take aim at Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus in the most direct way:
A sequel to 2005 track ‘White Privilege’, which appeared on Macklemore’s solo album ‘Language of My World’, the new cut clocks in at nearly nine minutes.
The duration provides ample time for the MC to vent about racial tension in America, the Black Lives Matter movement, and white artists who he believes have appropriated black culture.
Taking a wholly direct approach to articulating his stance, Mr Macklemore raps:
“You’ve exploited and stolen the music, the moment/The magic, the passion, the fashion you toyed with/The culture was never yours to make better/You’re Miley, you’re Elvis, you’re Iggy Azalea”
Kudos to Macklemore for going there: ‘Privilege II’ is a commendable cut that will no doubt generate much dialogue.
It’s also a very smart play to divorce themselves from the likes of Iggy and Miley, who many have been quick to lump them with. Using real bars, compelling lyrics, and haunting honesty, they manage to achieve their goal…we feel. Do you agree?