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Macklemore Talked With Social Activist DeRay McKesson About ‘White Privilege II’

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Macklemore’s polarizing new song, “White Privilege II,” has become the subject of debate on social media. The song addresses cultural appropriation (as it relates to Iggy Azalea), Black Lives Matter and police brutality. Social activist DeRay McKesson, who was among those criticizing the song, was able to speak to the Seattle rhymer to discuss some of the issues raised on the track.

On Saturday (Jan. 23), McKesson went on Twitter to revealed that he and Macklemore talked for an hour about the song, which is a sequel to his 2005 tune of the same name.

“As I’ve said from the beginning, I think Macklemore’s song is important. And all art, including his song, is open to critique,” he stated on his timeline. “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,” he added. “This song is continuing to bring awareness to the issue of white privilege and its impact.”

Although Macklemore’s song has sparked plenty of conversations, artists like Azealia Banks wants the “Thrift Shop” rapper to stay in his lane and call out white male rappers in his songs.

“Hey guys, can we please not applaud Macklemore for shit black artists have been saying for years?” she tweeted. “I don’t need nor do i want Macklemore to speak for me. Thanks.”

“Plus: Super Misogyny… why go after that girl again? If Macklemore REALLY want to make a statement he’ll come for Eminem,” she added. “No shade, I really do wanna hear two white rappers beef. I hope the media instigates something so I can see them battle.”

What do you think of Macklemore’s song “White Privilege II”? Is it a thought-provoking song or is it much ado about nothing? Tell us in the comments below.

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