Friday, June 14, 2024

Macklemore New (Free) Rap Song Attacks Elvis, Miley, Iggy Azalea: “We take all we want from Black culture, but will we show up for Black Lives?”


Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have a new free download out that’s bound to be controversial. It’s called “White Privilege II” — an eight minute plus rap montage that is pointed at raising consciousness about race in America. The chorus: “We take all we want from black culture, but will we show up for black lives?” Also: “Your silence is not a luxury.”

Name checked are Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea– and Elvis Presley– accused of appropriating black music.

In a statement, the white rap duo says: “This song is the outcome of an ongoing dialogue with musicians, activists, and teachers within our community in Seattle and beyond. Their work and engagement was essential to the creative process.”

They continue:

“As a company (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis LLC), we are committed to a long-term investment of our time, resources, finances and creative capacities towards supporting black-led organizing and anti-racist education & discourse.

In dialogue with our community partners and advisers, we will continue to find ways in which we can leverage our platform and network towards strengthening the work of organizers and initiatives framed by genuine racial and social equity. We recognize that there are no easy answers, any one piece of legislation, or quick fix to undo institutional racism in our country. We wish to support direct organizing and be led by the expertise and experience of those on the front lines as we proceed.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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