Hey, Macklemore is back — and he’s tackling the subject of white privilege and cultural appropriation, which is nifty. Except he’s doing it in a nearly-nine-minute-long track called “White Privilege II,” which is downright self-indulgent. But hey, nobody’s perfect. His racial sensitivity hand-wringing is pretty soul-searching and self-critical, but he also takes a moment to name-check some fellow artists like Miley Cyrus, Elvis Presley and Iggy Azalea — and I can just see Elvis’ ghost being all, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Leave me out of this.”
“You’ve exploited and stolen the music, the moment, the magic, the passion, the fashion you toyed with, the culture was never yours to make better,” he raps. “We take all we want from black culture, but do we show up for black lives?” As it turns out, Azalea has heard the track, and she’s not too pleased with the shout-out. “He shouldn’t have spent the last three years having friendly convos and taking pictures together at events if those were his feelings,” she tweeted in response to a fan query about it. A rep for Presley’s ghost declined to comment.
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