Those vocals add another dimension to the 9 minute song (hit play above!), which has garnered a fair amount of attention because Macklemore spews about his distaste for Americans riding on the highs of black culture without having to suffer from the stigma that comes with growing up within the confines of the ethnicity.
Having called out pop icons Miley, Iggy Azalea and even the late Elvis Presley for appropriating black culture and feeling entitled to exploit it, Macklemore faces polarizing responses for calling a spade a spade. But he, too, ungrudgingly admits to conforming to those standards just because he can.
No matter the intended effect of White Privilege II, the song’s definitely taking off for the pair. And we think that for once it’s well worth the buzz.
Some think that as a “rich, skinny, white boy from Seattle”, Macklemore is in no position to speak up for black people. But who better to comment and awaken this sensitivity than someone who finds himself smack center in that category, benefitting from those same white privileges?