January 22, 2016


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Drop Provocative "White Privilege II" Track: Listen

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have previewed their sophomore LP with "White Privilege II," a sprawling new song featuring Jamila Woods. The track is a sequel to a 2005 solo cut from the Seattle rapper.

At nearly nine minutes, "White Privilege II" explores the idea of a white person joining the Black Lives Matter movement in an effective way, and deals with how the world has "lot of opinions, a lot of confusion, a lot of resentment." Macklemore spends the second verse screaming at himself as an artist who has co-opted black music for his own profit, shouting, "You're Miley, you're Elvis, you're Iggy Azalea"; later, he recounts a mother telling him how she likes his music because it's positive and doesn't focus on real issues.

"White Privilege II" will be featured on This Unruly Mess I've Made, the duo's follow-up to 2012's best-selling The Heist. The new album, due out Feb. 26, has already scored a Top 20 hit with "Downtown."

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