Macklemore Addresses Privilege In Hip Hop, Weighs In On Iggy Azalea Controversy

30 December 2014, 11:17 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Take notes, Igloo.

Rapper Macklemore appeared on Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning yesterday to talk racism, rap music, the Kendrick debacle, and Iggy Azalea. 

Macklemore, who won 4 Grammys at last year's ceremony, joined Ebro and Rosenberg to talk about what role "white privilege" and racism had to play in his success over the last couple of years.

Why am I safe? Why can I curse on a record, have a parental advisory sticker on the cover of my album, yet parents are like 'you're the only rap I let my kids listen to?' Why Can I wear a hoodie and not be labeled a thug? Why can I sag my pants and not be a gangbanger? If I was black what would my drug addition look like?


On the heels of Azealia Banks' controversial interview last week, in which she made no secret of her problem with Iggy Azalea’s meteoric rise, Macklemore seemingly picked up where Iggy should have left off. 

And as a white person, we have to listen. We need to direct the attention to the people of color that are on the ground mobilizing, and listen to those people.


The hosts of the program also dug their heels into Iggy Azalea's perceived disrespect in the aftermath of the criticism she received following the interview. 

"I do believe that Iggy Azalea’s handling of this is horrible," says Ebro. "Her dismissiveness on social media—horrible. […] There are a lot of people who don’t feel Iggy Azalea is good." 

Macklemore was also given the chance to address an incident after the Grammys where he offended Kendrick Lamar by posting a private text conversation they had to Instagram (below).


Watch the full interview below 

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