Macklemore released a new nine-minute song today, "White Privilege II," a collaboration that includes many local musicians, and that seems destined to generate controversy.
Seattle hip-hop artist Macklemore released a new nine-minute song today, “White Privilege II,” a collaboration that includes many local musicians, such as Ahamefule J. Oluo, Evan Flory-Barnes, Hollis Wong-Wear and D’Vonne Lewis. There was no mention in his announcement about whether the track will be on his much-anticipated new album, which he has been working on for months. In 2005, before he was known outside Seattle, Macklemore released his first take on this subject, “White Privilege.”
In the post featuring the new song, Macklemore references Black Lives Matter and other organizations that have “inspired and informed” him. Given that Macklemore is white, and the current controversy circling around who gets to speak for people of color (see The New York Times), the song seems destined to generate controversy.