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Macklemore Explains Why He Called Out Iggy Azalea & Miley Cyrus in 'White Privilege II'

Macklemore Explains Why He Called Out Iggy Azalea & Miley Cyrus in 'White Privilege II'

Macklemore is now explaining why he called out Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea in his new song “White Privilege II” for appropriating black culture.

“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,” the 32-year-old rapper told Rolling Stone.

“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,” he added.

Iggy responded to the diss shortly after his song hit the web.

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  • VanityInsecurity

    wondering if this hack is able to create music without demeaning someone..

  • Gina

    While Miley & Iggy are only out here demeaning themselves.

  • VanityInsecurity

    its one thing to make a fool of yourself another for someone to do it.. if you are in the habit of looking down at people so be it.. while this guy can’t make music other than to stir controversy. pls this is what ppl do they find a niche & stick to it.

  • Wendy


  • Gina

    You call it stirring controversy, I call it speaking on topical issues. But then again, everyone in this scenario is sticking to their niche aren’t they? Macklemore is doing whatever he’s doing, and Miley & Iggy are doing whatever nonsense they do. It can be argued that all three stir controversy in their own ways.

  • VanityInsecurity

    true, but the difference is Miley & Iggy aren’t really dissin’ anyone..

  • suzybel

    What the f*ck did he just say? He lost me totally.