Macklemore Gets Feedback From Activist DeRay Mckesson About “White Privilege II”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' new jingle "White Privilege II" has a lot of people talking. One of the people who spoke directly to the Seattle rapper about the track that tackles the topic being a White person who delves in Black culture, was Black activist DeRay Mckesson.
Mckesson recently took to Twitter to reveal the meat of the conversation he had with Mack. "When I first heard Macklemore's new song, "White Privilege II," I DM'd him asking if he'd be down to talk. We talked for an hour this morning," Mckesson started off. "As I've said from the beginning, I think Macklemore's song is important. And all art, including his song, is open to critique...We talked about the impetus for the song & he noted that it was Darren Wilson's non-indictment & the protests that pushed him to write...& Macklemore understands that awareness is the beginning, not the end, of the work. He will be (rightly) judged by the actions that follow."
According to Mckesson, he and the "Thrift Shop" rapper also talked about the Kendrick Lamar text incident, and he left the call with a new understanding of the White MC's growth and direction with the song.
There's at least one rapper who didn't. After the song made a splash on the Internet, Iggy Azalea, who is named dropped in the track as misappropriating Black culture, spoke out on being mentioned on the song.
Later, Iggy and Talib Kweli argued over her response to the track with the respected lyricist typing, "The fact the Iggy Azalea thinks Macklemore song was a diss to her instead of actually listening is proof of her privilege. Fuck Iggy Azalea."
Check out Mckesson's entire Twitter explanation, below.
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