On Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ new album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, the final track is called White Privilege II. The track talks about the inner conversation Macklemore had with himself when going to a Black Lives Matter rally, how guilty he felt for winning Best Rap Album at the Grammys for his previous work, and that he’s not the only artist benefitting from the complexion of his skin. Hearing it (and seeing the title), made me wonder why the “II” at the end of the title.
Turns out, in 2006, on his album The Language of My World, he previously addressed the issue.
Some of the best lines between these two songs (no differentiation):
“I mean good music is good music, regardless of what you look like”
“I give everything I have when i write a rhyme/but that doesn’t change the fact that the culture’s not mine”
“Hip hop has always been political, yes/It’s the reason why this music connects”
“We take all we want from black culture, but will we show up for black lives?”