Iggy Azalea Responds to Macklemore’s Diss in ‘White Privilege II’

Iggy Azalea is disappointed in Macklemore’s finger pointing in his manifesto on white privilege in the music industry.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released a single from their forthcoming record on Thursday night entitled “White Privilege II”, which is the sequel to his track “White Privilege” that was released in 2005. The 9-minute song featuring Chicago-based singer Jamila Woods tackles issues of cultural appropriation in music by white artists and meditates on his struggle to be respected as an ally in the body of a white man.

“This song is the outcome of an ongoing dialogue with musicians, activists, and teachers within our community in Seattle and beyond,” he and Lewis wrote in an accompanying statement with the song. “Their work and engagement was essential to the creative process.”

Macklemore opens the song recalling his complicated experience attending the Black Lives Matter march.

“In my head like, ‘Is this awkward, should I even be here marching?’/ Thinking if they can’t, how can I breathe?/ Thinking that they chant, what do I sing?/ I want to take a stance cause we are not free”

He goes on to call out other white artists including Miley Cyrus, Elvis Presley and Azalea who have been scrutinized for their deliberate appropriation of black culture.

“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”

To this mention, Azalea responded on Twitter.

Mixed reviews roll in on the song; some in praise of his passion to continue the discussion of diversity amid the white-dominated Oscars nominations, while some call it a paradox. “[White Privilege II] shoulders a very specific burden this desperately-wants-to-be-woke white man carries: How can you call yourself a black ally while occupying a white body and getting rich off black music?” questions Vulture.

However, a separate disappointment, resultant of Macklemore’s song and the Oscars boycott, lies in the clamor surrounding a discussion of racial inequality that has stuck with the United States since its inception, still without a resolve.

Listen to the track below and launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of Macklemore and Lewis at the Orange Bowl Beach Bash in December.