Macklemore Talks Name-Checking Iggy Azalea & Eminem on ‘White Privilege II’

Macklemore has more to say about white privilege. The Seattle rapper, who just released his album This Unruly Mess I’ve Made with Ryan Lewis, did just that during an interview for the cover of Billboard.

A significant part of that conversation dealt with “White Privilege II,” a single off the duo’s latest effort, which name checks Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus, and Elvis Presley.

“I don’t think people understood that I’m in my own head [saying], ‘You’re Miley, you’re Elvis, you’re Iggy Azalea’ — I’m talking about myself,” he explained.


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But when the song dropped, Iggy wasn’t pleased with the reference. “He shouldn’t have spent the last 3 yrs having friendly convos and taking pictures together at events etc if those were his feelings,” she tweeted.

Now, the “Thrift Shop” rhymer says he should have warned the “Fancy” rapper before unleashing the song. “Iggy and I came up together,” he said. “We were on the XXL ‘Freshmen’ cover together. There’s enough of a relationship that I should have let her know beforehand. And I didn’t do that.” However, that relationship still hasn’t been mended. “I haven’t talked to her,” he said.

Another white rapper was also named, Eminem. When asked if Slim Shady benefits from white privilege too, Macklemore said yes.

“He’s a white person who raps,” he explained. “I think regardless of where you come from or how amazing you are, you’re still a white person appropriating a black art form.”