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Macklemore on 'White Privilege' Iggy Azalea Diss: 'I Should Have Let Her Know'

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis take the cover of Billboard‘s latest issue.

Here’s what Macklemore had to share with the mag:

On his sobriety: “If it wasn’t for sobriety, we would not be -talking right now. There would be no Unruly Mess to discuss. There just wouldn’t be any music.”

On dissing Iggy Azalea in “White Privilege”: There’s enough of a relationship that I should have let her know beforehand. And I didn’t do that…I haven’t talked to her.”

On media criticism when he talks about race: “When you mess up publicly it can be difficult to get vulnerable again or to put yourself out there.”

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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.

Macklemore Calls Out Iggy Azalea on 'White Privilege,' She Responds to Diss

Macklemore just released a new song called “White Privilege II” in which he disses Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus for appropriating black culture, and now the rapper is responding.

“You’ve exploited and stolen the music, the moment,” Macklmore raps on the new song. “The magic, the passion, the fashion, you toy with / The culture was never yours to make better.”

“You’re Miley, you’re Elvis, you’re Iggy Azalea. Fake and so plastic, you’ve heisted the magic/ You’ve taken the drums and the accent you rapped in/ You’re branded ‘hip-hop,’ it’s so fascist and backwards,” he continues.

Iggy took to her Twitter account to respond to a fan who asked if she had heard the song.

“he shouldnt have spent the last 3 yrs having friendly convos and taking pictures together at events etc if those were his feelings,” Iggy said.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Perform at Orange Bowl Beach Bash!

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis get the crowd hyped as they hit the stage at Capital One’s Orange Bowl Beach Bash on Wednesday (December 30) in Miami Beach, Fla.

“Night swim in the ocean,” the 32-year-old frontman tweeted after the big show. “20,000 on the beach tonight…Thank you Miami”

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Also joining Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the concert was fellow performers Imagine Dragons, who served as openers.

“Bumming around Miami before our free @capitalone Beach Bash. It’s gonna be a wild night,” the band tweeted.

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DNCE, Nick Jonas, & More Round Out Final 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2016' Performers!

The final performers were just announced for the upcoming star-studded Dick Clark’s New Year’s 2016 Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest!

Nick Jonas, Alessia Cara, DNCE, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, OMI, Pentatonix and Nathan Sykes will round out this year’s line-up.

Hosted by Fergie, the Billboard Hollywood Party will feature performances by headliner One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Fall Out Boy, Andy Grammer, Ellie Goulding, Elle King, Tove Lo, Rachel Platten and Walk the Moon.

The entire night will feature a whopping 38 performances, including New York City headliner Carrie Underwood with Luke Bryan, and Demi Lovato and Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, who will perform live in Times Square for the huge crowd.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s 2016 Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest begins on Thursday, December 31 @ 8PM on ABC.

Gwen Stefani & Coldplay to Perform at AMAs 2015!

Gwen Stefani and Coldplay were just announced as performers at the 2015 American Music Awards!

The pair were announced, along with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, to join the previously announced performers for the awards show on November 22.

Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Walk the Moon, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, One Direction, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Lopez are all set to perform. Jennifer is also set to host.

Just Jared will be live blogging the whole show so stay tuned!

Also pictured inside: Chris Martin of Coldplay arriving at LAX Airport on Monday (November 9).
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Make Their MTV EMAs 2015 Arrival

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are all about the outerwear as they hit the red carpet at the 2015 MTV European Music Awards held at the Mediolanum Forum on Sunday (October 25) in Milan, Italy.

The duo was joined by their “Downtown” collaborator Eric Nally.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are up for Best Video for “Downtown” against Kendrick Lamar for “Alright,” Sia for “Elastic Heart,” Pharrell Williams for “Freedom,” and Taylor Swift for “Bad Blood.”

They are also nominated for Best Look alongside Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, and Taylor.

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