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Macklemore Talks Racism, Azealia Banks, Kendrick Lamar & The White Appropriation Of Hip Hop


(AllHipHop News) The conversation about Caucasian musician’s “whitewashing” of Black culture has been ongoing since jazz began to spread beyond African-American communities nearly 100 years ago. The discussion took center stage once again after Harlem performer Azealia Banks spoke about the issue as it relates to Australian rapper Iggy Azalea’s emergence.

[ALSO READ: Iggy Azalea & Azealia Banks Clash Over Recent Interview & Race]

Macklemore is another White rapper that has often been mentioned when it comes to the appropriation of Hip Hop. His Grammy win for “Best Rap Album” over Kendrick Lamar sparked a debate about the bias acceptance of white entertainers that make “Black music.”

The Seattle native sat down with Hot 97 to talk about beating Kendrick for the Grammy, racism, Azealia, Iggy, and the perceived co-opting of Hip Hop by White artists.

[ALSO READ: ESPN’s Bomani Jones Writes Editorial About The “Whitewashing” Of Hip Hop]

On racism:

Race is uncomfortable to talk about. White people – we can just turn off the TV when we’re sick of talking about race. We can be like, “Oh, I’m done.” It does not work that way for everybody, but that’s what we can do.

The thing for me is “white liberal people” want to be nice. We don’t want to mess up. We don’t want to be racist. We want to be like, “We’re post racial. We have a Black president. We don’t need to talk about white privilege. It’s all good. Right?” That’s not the case…

It is my privilege that I can be silent about this issue, and I’m tired of being silent about it… It is so imperative right now that we have this race conversation in America, if we’re going to progress, if we’re going to move past this.

On Azealia Banks’ Hot 97 interview:

I thought it was a really good interview. I thought that outside any person-to-person beef conversation –  I stay out of that – I will say there’s a lot of truth in that interview… With White appropriation absolutely.

On White artist’s appropriation of Hip Hop:

You need to know your place in the culture. Are you contributing? Or are you taking? Are you using it for your own advantage? Or are you contributing to the culture. And that’s subjective. But I think it’s clear who has contributed, and clear who is taking.

I’m not going to comment on Iggy in that regard. I’m not going to do that, but what I will say is that I saw a tweet on the lines of “Hip Hop was birthed out of the Civil Rights Movement.” This is a culture that came from pain, that came from oppression, that came from White oppression. It was the bi-product of that.

We can say we’ve evolved, that we’ve come along way since the late 70’s/early 80’s, but we haven’t. So you can’t disregard that. Just because there has been more successful White rappers, you cannot disregard where this culture came from and our place in it as White people.

On posting his text message to Kendrick Lamar on Instagram:

I wouldn’t necessarily say he said he didn’t like it. I think he said it was maybe unnecessary. Whatever it was, I made a mistake. A lot was going into that moment. A lot of fear was going into that moment…

First of all, I wanted to win some Grammys. Don’t get it twisted, I wanted to win some Grammys. I wanted to be in the competition. I’m a competitive dude. I’m an emcee.

I think we made a great album. I think it had great impact. I’m proud of the music that we made. I wanted to win “Song Of The Year. ” I wanted to win “Best New Artist.” I wanted to win some rap categories. But I thought Kendrick had a better album…

The mistake came from Instagraming the text message and betraying my homie’s trust. If I’m texting you, I don’t want you to Instagram whatever I’m saying to you and it to be put on the internet. I betrayed Kendrick’s trust. That’s wack.

Mack also added that he learned from Q-Tip’s Twitter message about the history of Hip Hop culture that was directed at Iggy. Mackelmore emphasized his personal focus on listening, being humble, and knowing his place in what he calls “not my culture to begin with.”

The “Can’t Hold Us” rapper also stated his purpose in having this conversation was not to “appease” Black people. Macklemore wanted to open the dialogue for White people to have an honest exchange about the topic of race.

[ALSO READ: Macklemore & Q-Tip March In Mike Brown’s Honor; August Alsina Cries Over No Indictment Decision]

Watch Macklemore’s full interview below.

  • Bob

    Nothing against him personally. I just don’t like his music. At least he didn’t convince himself he’s black like Riff Raff. That guy is mentally ill

    • I see broke people

      Riff raff actually grew in the hood, thats y he acts the way he does.. its not an act for him like it is for iggy

      • ladynamor

        N!gga please. Bullsh!t

  • MrNoName2K

    another sucker mc..

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  • I respect what this dude said. It just seems that sometimes he tries waaaaay too hard. But on this issue he’s pretty much stating the obvious. The way Iggy tried to dismiss Q-Tip was wack as f*ck. And for her to pretend that just because Azaelia Banks has beef with her, her viewpoint should be ignored is f*cking retarded. Azaelia Banks straight bodied that interview. And most of what she said was true. It made T.I. look more sucka-ass-coon than anything. But as many Eminems as there are, White folks have to be honest about the race problem.

    • Bob

      I don’t think white people rapping has anything to do with the race problem. Apples and oranges. You could have 100 eminem’s, there will still be red neck hicks in the deep south who hate blacks. I know from a black persons perspective it’s easy sometimes to say “white people, all, bad, racist” but the viewpoints of white people vary greatly.

      • Who said all white people thought the same? Not me. But a lot of them try to ignore the issue or minimize it.
        As far as hip hop is concerned…. You’re completely wrong about that….Why? Because there is an image being transmitted to other cultures and races about hip hop and Black people that is completely wrong. Since corporate America hijacked hip hop they only promote certain types. And I don’t know what your experience is with overseas travel but that sh*t plays the f*ck out of Black people. I travel overseas regularly and it’s f*cked. Iggy came from Australia. Why do you think she thinks it’s cool to talk with a fake ass southern drawl? I’ll tell you. It’s the same reason she tried to diss Q-Tip. She learned all of the wrong things from that fake ass image being sent overseas and she has no interest in getting to the root of learning the culture. So your opinion on that isn’t correct. Image matters like a motherf*cker.

      • Brindle

        your getting side tracked and that’s what F’s up the convo in the world and on the internet…

      • Bob

        No I get it. It’s very obvious black people are treated differently by police. In high school when I had a black person in my car I had to tell them to sit in the back and lay down so we wouldn’t get pulled over.

      • WTF?! You did this sh*t for real or are you joking? So to make your trip easier you hid the n*gga in the back seat????? That was your solution? WTF?! And he did it? If you had even recommended that half assed sh*t to me I would’ve straight clocked you. The Black dude wasn’t the f*cking problem and should not have been made to hide to make YOUR ride easier. And that is the same bullsh*t that a lot of White folks think. They believe they’re helping Blacks with sh*t like that. Instead, they’re showing their fear of confrontation and their preference for things to remain status quo. Man…. This is some f*cked up sh*t. Maybe you’re joking. Maybe you didn’t know. Or maybe you’re just a f*cking ass hole. Please clarify.

      • Bob

        He was my friend. What you think I WANTED to humiliate him like that ? F*** no. Of course he wasn’t the problem. I did what I felt I had to. I looked at it more like we were outsmarting the cops. I guess I never stopped and thought how it made him feel. There were times though when we didn’t have a second to spare for the bullshit and the quickest way to get to point A to B was to make sure some pig didn’t see him sitting in my passenger seat and pull us over.

      • @Bob
        Hey dude…. You did what you did. At least you have the balls to man up to it. But nevertheless, it was wrong. No matter what the situation, you are a human being. You should not be made to hide because the color of your skin might make the pigs scope you. You live on your feet and die like a man.

        Maybe you were young. I don’t know. But friends don’t do that to one another. If I’m hanging with my friend and we’re rolling, I have his back and he has mine, no matter the circumstances. If you BOTH had hid, that would’ve made it different. But the fact that HE was made to hide was very p*ssy.

        But props on being honest and admitting it. Although it was wrong as f*ck and I would’ve punched you in your motherf*cking mouth, you have some character. And so I have to chalk that up to youthful inexperience. Good dialog.

      • Bob

        You’re making me want to call this dude right now. I hope he doesn’t look back at that and resent me or worse yet, see me as part of the problem. I was just a stupid kid.

      • ladynamor

        Wow. Read your comments again and pay attention to how you don’t even see what you are saying is offensive. This is the embedded privilege we speak about. It’s not even something you “cut on”. It is the way it was designed to be, white=good, black=bad. Now we have blacks so embarrassed and hateful to their own race because of it.

      • Bob

        We we’re offended the police in our hick town wanted to target the half dozen or so black people who went to school with us. We just thought we were outsmarting the police who, believe me, went out of their f****** way to harass them every chance they got.

      • ladynamor

        Not all white people are that way. I don’t know if it’s hate or fear.

      • Bob

        Well enough of them did that it was a problem. And how many times were we supposed to get stopped before we did something to avoid it ? Once, twice, a dozen ?

      • ladynamor

        Hmmmmm

      • If you’re friends then you could speak to him. But really that’s on you. Just learn from your mistakes. No one is perfect. But being honest is a start.

      • Brindle

        lmao… I had no response to that sh!t… lmfao…

      • Brindle

        hahahaha! and he didn’t say, “I saw a cop and had him duck down”… he said he had that fool ducking down for the whole ride, like same captain save the run away slaves sh!t but in a motor vehicle…

      • Bob

        Your right. I should have just had him sit in the passenger seat so we could get pulled over a few more times and have coke planted on us like they did to the guy who graduated a year before me. He’d still be in jail but hey, at least I wouldn’t have offended anybody. Good call !

      • Brindle

        you provided the vision, not me

    • timwest1000

      The only problem I had was, Azaelia likes to suck white d!ck while fighting for black rights. And I detected a British tone to her voice. I don’t know how authentic she really is. She may be looking for sympathy that she does not deserve fully. Shes kind of full of sh!t, but she opened the dialogue that had been discussed on AHH for a year or more. She damn near stole that whole convo from ladynamor. I feel like if she would have been nominated and sold records, she may not have said anything. She would have said the world was perfect, according to her sales and fame.

      • atlantahiphopshop

        She was definitely defending HERSELF. Although she is correct. And I do remember reading those exact quotes on here before.

  • Brindle

    LMAO… ok ok ok, I gotta respect this dude… he needs to delete that gay song, but I gotta respect his dude… now how many white folk (and black folk) is going to get on here still arguing for Iggy, this man just basically said the same thing the anti-Iggy and Azalia Banks people have been saying… Much respect Mac

  • Bob

    Iggy and Riff Riff should get married and have black children together.

  • EastCoastNigga

    You know what grinds my gears… when white people talk racism like they can relate….Urks tf outta me…They handle us terrible in this country. I hope the cop killings are an eye opener… Enough is enough

  • wickedjones

    Black ppl don’t own hip hop, it just came from us. Just like Arabs don’t own Islam. I think ppl have a right to their opinion. But why wouldn’t white ppl try to promote their own?

    • timwest1000

      Black people own hip hop, sorry.

      • wickedjones

        Well why ain’t we paid. We just got scraps.

      • tony battie

        you don’t own a god damn thing. Well maybe overpriced jordans, a closet full of clothes you really can’t afford and a luxury sudan that’s gonna be repo’d soon.

        Seriously, what do you idiots think you contribute at all to ‘the culture’? You post from your moms crib using an iPad you stole from some asian kid.

      • atlantahiphopshop

        Somebody’s little sister or ex-girlfriend must suck black d!ck. LMAO Sorry that your girl left you for a black dude. Did some black dude slap the sh!t out of you and tease you as a kid?

      • kristin

        he he

      • wickedjones

        Well why we aint paid (and i dont mean the scraps we get). You dont give up anything you own. and you dont let no one steal it.

  • EastCoastNigga

    I blame vanilla ice… house of pain was straight

  • The Legendary Troll

    you can tell he one of those white guys that be like “OMG OMG BLACK PEOPLE WE HURT YOU SO BAD IM SORRY ON OUR BEHALF.” He tries too hard to not cross the line. You can tell he really has a whole nother opinion on all this but doesnt want black people to turn on him. just be honest and real mack. that will get you respect more than passifying the situation.

    personally i feel eminem gets a pass in this white vs black thing in hip hop. hes as much of a nigga as most of us are

  • FRUKOH

    He shouldn’t talk, he doesn’t know struggle (the struggle to come out the closet doesn’t count). Having said that there are whites that know struggle.

    • timwest1000

      Name one.

      • FRUKOH

        dont need to, now get to steppin

      • timwest1000

        Yup. I knew you would say that.

      • FRUKOH

        listen timmy i aint got time to school a lickle bwoy who still lives with mommy, timothy west lmao

  • ladynamor

    What really hurts me is the black guy who feels like black people are tripping. I feel like we should all focus on T.I. and the other black people who really believe that the system is fair. What the hell is wrong with them? If this white guy is saying “the system” is not fair, Doesn’t that mean T.I. is fuck!ng crazy, and or an obscene opportunist that needs to be dealt with?

    • willied

      It’s fair to an ex-con like TI, an ex-drug peddler like Jay-Z, murderers like Gucci and Boosie, and others who wouldn’t be accepted in today’s workplace.

      • jeff done

        Huh?

      • KevinOuarde

        Those guys know that for the crimes they’ve commited in their young days… and for them to be accepted in this ”white media world” is a total priviliege.

        Its called gratitude for a once f***ed-up n***a.

  • Markus

    Dude said some things that made sense. He also treaded lightly over certain issues. First off i think as long as you respect the music,then what color you are won’t factor in. Hip hop whether you agreed or not was black music. Universally accepted black music. So the white rapper could contribute as long as they didn’t alter the artform. That’s changed. I’m not a fan of dude. He and others like him currently in the game don’t make hip hop records. It’s because of that and not his color that’s most offensive to me. He sounds like he has white rapper guilt. But I’m not his target audience so he’ll get over it.

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  • DC King Of Hearts

    So who’s gon comment on this first? Lord Jamar of Azealia Banks? Place yer bets ladies and gentlemen

    • tony battie

      Anyone who calls themselves ‘Lord’ anything shouldn’t be taken seriously. Also he is actually racist but that’s OK, he’s a nobody that will never influence anything.

  • $21384666

    I have no prob with white or black rappers. The problem I have is this gay shit they be throwin out to the public. Shits becomin straight fuked up. Way to much gay shit

    • KevinOuarde

      You know what the problem is?Its not that whites are rapping or that gays are flashing……

      The main problem is that all these black rappers no longer rap for the people.

      They now rap for their money or the execs who control the game. To me, this is the downfall of the culture and the soul of the youngins.

    • tony battie

      Sounds like you have some unresolved sexuality issues. Black people are homophobic, film at 11.

  • timwest1000

    Macklemore knows what he is saying means nothing to the white public. If anything, they will fight harder to own hip hop now.

    • Bob

      Yup. That’s how they do. They sprinkle their honkey dust on everything like they own it.

      • timwest1000

        Whoa there. Ease up on the racist comments. Im not one of those blacks who go around promoting racism. Don’t do that.

      • Bob

        C’mon man. They’ve been raping the culture since the Beastie Boys. Then they tried with Eminem. Now Iggy and Macklemore. They’re thieving whores. Every few years or so they pull this shit. You aren’t tired of it ?

      • timwest1000

        honkey dust? Come on man. That’s racist. We are better than that.

      • Bob

        F*** that. They steal our culture. There policeman kill us every time we so much as point a gun at them and expect us to take it indefinitely. It’s disgusting

      • timwest1000

        Our culture? Isnt this you?

        Bob

        Diogie Brindle

        2 hours ago

        No I get it. It’s very obvious black people are treated differently
        by police. In high school when I had a black person in my car I had to
        tell them to sit in the back and lay down so we wouldn’t get pulled
        over.

        If you are black also, why should he duck down? What did you do, drive with your head on the seat? Your grammar wreaks redneck sarcasm. Your spelling errors show your low-level intelligence. Go sit down.

      • Bob

        F*** you racist !!

      • timwest1000

        Get back in your cage you filthy animal.

      • Bob

        okay : (

      • atlantahiphopshop

        LMAO

      • KevinOuarde

        Relax a little. Ive been shot at before and it was by a ”brother” not a cop so chill..

        You’re just doing exactly what the extreme white racists are doing to us..attacking in all directions.

      • Bob

        You’ve been trolled.

      • KevinOuarde

        Damn! lol

      • therealest1

        Ease up though, Beastie Boys, 3rd Bass, and Eminem are the most credible ones to me in the rap culture.

      • tony battie

        “Macklemore knows what he is saying means nothing to the white public. If anything, they will fight harder to own hip hop now.”

        Thanks for letting me know what I’m going to do!
        Seriously though, couple white people sell records and suddenly rap will be taken over by whites. I seem to recall this supposedly happening with Vanilla Ice, Em, now Macklemore and that Iggy chick or wtf ever who I only really read about when black people are talking shit about her.

        I understand why but ya’ll some paranoid motherfuckers. Put down the kush and pick up a book.

  • Saiyan Prince

    He gained a few points from me with this.

    • Bob

      Don’t believe it. His great grandfather owned 200 slaves on a plantation in southern Georgia.

      • Saiyan Prince

        That’s why I said a few points. I’m sure most of White America that has been in this country for the past 300 or so years has owned slaves. Nothing I can do about that.

      • Bob

        Shit man, at this point probably half of all black people have an ancestor who owned black slaves.

      • Saiyan Prince

        I don’t disagree. I know what’s in my family line.

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  • Kimberly Andrea Brock

    I don’t know if he can say anything that people won’t find something within it to be upset, or frustrated over. But I think I agree the most when he talks about people being able to turn the TV off or just avoid a conversation that does not directly impact them. However, and obviously, doing that does not make the problem not exist. He could have just avoided the whole interview, but cool of him to go on public radio and talk about current events.

    • timwest1000

      Racism impacts everyone. You come on here with a black avi and make a statement like that? That was ignorant, straight up.

      • Kimberly Andrea Brock

        Who said it didn’t ? People will drag out anything to complain within this interview to make him guilty of something (being white). You call me ignorant, but it seems like you just read the statement wrong, and did not understand it. No worries.

  • therealest1

    This fraud ass wigger shouldn’t comment on anything. He’s a damn hypocrite making a song about getting his attire from a Thrift Shop, but he constantly wears retro Jordans which are exorbitantly priced and re-released with worsening quality which will never be found nowhere near a thrift shop.

    • Shawn Galvin

      Wow bro. You are perpetuating a lot of hate there. How about you focus on getting better, rather than getting even? You say you want equality, and out of the other side of your mouth, you’re calling for the discrimination of white people in hip hop. As long as you have that attitude, I will not help you.

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    I have a lot of respect for Macklemore for going on Hot97 to talk about race. I don’t see much of anything wrong with what he said. And while people may want to talk about him having white guilt, it may just be that he’s picked up a book or two in his life and read about the history of America.

  • pauleyPee

    With Mackelmoore, of course, he’s not Eminem… But I can listen to his style and see that it was perpetuated out of a real love for hip-hop. His comments, atleast for me, are well appreciated. He’s on point. He’s sharing a very good perspective. Ultimately, that’s why I accept him.

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  • Clark

    This guy, like most of our current generation, are racist enough to still claim that “white” is a simplified term, even though most of our European ancestors were also persecuted by those who came before them, and it was based on their “otherness”. Or are we just focusing on the otherness of skin color over all other forms of discrimination nowadays, Macklemore?

    And if he wants to talk about appropriation, then how about the idolization of Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and the Italian mafia in general that rap has cultivated in their African American “culture”. But that’s fine, right? Because Italians weren’t black and were privileged.

    Are these people really that dense that they can’t fight against what this little girl is saying? Do they not think they can be hurt so they allow themselves to be talked down to just because of their skin color? That’s the epitome of a racist culture.

    Macklemore! I know you can’t hear me, but there are flaws in her argument! She’s talking about you! Think! Just because you were indoctrinated to think it’s okay for people to talk down to you doesn’t mean that it’s true! She’s not owed anything and needs to be told to f**k right off, especially by you.

    • timwest1000

      YOU are talking about immigration, WE are talking about cultural issues. Hip Hop exploitation has nothing to do with what you are saying.

      • Clark

        Immigration isn’t a social issue? How about you read my other point about the “exploitation” of the Italian immigrants who ran the mafia that much of gangsta rap has co opted?

      • timwest1000

        What does that have to do with black appropriation? Make your own platform and fight against that issue. You never heard a black rapper trying to sound like the Godfather on records have you? Are black people making Mafia movies, Idris Elba as John Gotti? Hell no. They have actually shown love of the culture and respect for it by mentioning it in songs. It didn’t help them get any more money than they would have gotten without the free advertisement they gave.

      • Clark

        What? I don’t have any issues with cultural appropriation. It’s healthy and shows that segregative tendencies might well be behind us.

        Have you ever heard of an album called The Dogfather? Or any number of MTV’s Cribs of rap stars who have giant posters of Al Pacino in Scarface, or the film Goodfellas?

      • timwest1000

        Please. Weak argument. Weak comeback. NOT even close.

      • Clark

        Is that why you haven’t created a counter argument?

      • timwest1000

        I don’t waste time on spin doctors, sorry.

      • Clark

        Case closed.

      • timwest1000

        It was never opened. You aren’t saying anything new. You are repeating what privileged and or blind people have been saying for years.

      • tony battie

        This just isn’t for you son, give it up.

      • timwest1000

        YOU are HIM and BOB. And you are on the fringe, trolling your ass off. Thing is, we all know. YOU are wasting your time homey. I guess it’s fun for you to do something for nothing.

      • tony battie

        nah, he ethered you pretty badly

        hell as a white kid before i really got into rap i couldn’t understand why they all t thought they were Italian mobsters, shits corny

      • timwest1000

        Bait? I should ignore you like everyone else but, Nah.

      • Kat Dogs

        Some little kid in his moms room. LMAO

      • Clark

        Also, it’s a genre of music! If you are making a genre exclusive then you are advocating for segregation. I guess the irony is lost on you.

        In regards to appropriation, I don’t think Macklemore or Iggy have once attempted to claim that they came from the bad side of town, or are down with any gangs. Drake, on the other hand can say he started from the bottom even though he’s a rich kid from Canada! But he’s dark skinned so he gets a free pass.

      • timwest1000

        Iggy claims to be in the Murda Bizness, She is making a mockery and a living off of black people by exploiting the negative stereotypes. It would be like a black dude coming out with a video in Bensonhurst, slapping his Italian girlfriend, wearing a wife beater and saying “Hey you f*ckin prick make me some meatballs and Stromboli there or I’ll f*ckin rip your head off, Budda Boom Budda Bing”.(In a thick Brooklyn Italian accent), THEN winning an award for it, while defending your authenticity of being an Italian.

      • Clark

        TI also claims that he’s gonna “rip that a** in two” in Blurred Lines. I don’t think we should take lyrics to be literal.

        Also, if that line is really stereotyping black people instead of the RAP INDUSTRY which has a history of murders occurring in terms of the artists, then you are still just saying this should be a community relegated to blacks only.

        You’re creating a false analogy with your weird Italian stereotype thing. If anything, she’s just attempting provocation, which is inherent in rap.

      • timwest1000

        I used that example in response to you saying, I don’t see Iggy claiming to be from a bad side of town or down with gangs. She was trying to make herself a part of that rugged culture. Don’t front. It’s bigger than these issues you are saying anyway. You are looking through a small window. Appropriation was built over hundreds of years, you can’t attack it in 5 minutes.

      • Clark

        You’re making them bigger than they are because you have this oppressive mentality in regards to one color over another. You’re saying this is wrong and that is wrong based on what has created cultures throughout history. Speaking of Italy, guess who wouldn’t have Spaghetti if it weren’t for the f**king Chinese?

        Rap wasn’t born from the ruins of the ghetto, but it is from the “streets”, which, I’m sorry to tell you, are inhabited by all creeds and colors of people.

        Look at, say, the directors of Menace II Society. They made a movie about the Jack the Ripper killings and were asked why they chose that subject, and their response was that they make stories about the “streets”. But if we’re going by your logic, and if you’re not a hypocrite, you would say that they shouldn’t be allowed to talk about white female prostitutes being murdered in 1800’s England because that would be appropriation.

      • timwest1000

        Look man I was raised where rap was born. Don’t tell me where it came from. I come from a time when literally 1% of whites listened to rap. Save it. Its bigger than you and your intellect.

      • Clark

        Rap is rooted in poetry, which both blacks and whites involve themselves with, and the delivery of said poetry is rooted in funk, jazz, blues, rock, etc.

        Maybe you think black people just have that rap attitude because they’re black, like racists do. Because it has nothing to do with their social circumstances. You should watch the Eminem interview where Howard Stern keeps claiming that Em talks the way he does because he’s trying to act “black”, even though Em grew up in a hood where people more than likely talked the way he does.

        You, and people like you, have your head so deeply ingrained in some simplified idea about race relations and cultural behaviors that you should be ashamed of considering yourselves “progressive”, unless you don’t claim to be one, of course.

      • timwest1000

        WE created rap as “Hood News”. It was first made as a way to communicate to those who were overlooked in society. YOU and people like you, took it from that message and exploited it into what YOU wanted it to be. WE DONT CARE if you want to rap, JUST BE YOURSELF! It’s that simple!!!! YOU know what I mean, but you insist on trying to spin it. WEAK! I myself used to mix Blondie’s Rapture into my set back in the day. We loved it, It was her take on hip hop, you get it?

      • tony battie

        You personally did not create a god damn thing, you realize that? I’m white and I don’t think I had anything to do with anything I personally didn’t have a hand in creating or furthering. Black folk you are the same that claim to be ‘modern day slaves’ which is EXTREMELY disrespectful to actual slaves. Nothing wrong with wanting more for black people but I am 100% sure you contribute nothing to ‘the culture’ than downloading music and posting on sites like this.

      • timwest1000

        I was personally a part of creating the culture.

      • Johnny Caruso

        It was hood news and it was exploited you rite.But the white man with the deep pockets is why you see JZ driving in Bentlys and all the success in hip hop.Sure most rappers are black and damn good at it.And most record owners are white.But as refunds to the fans who make hip hop relevant and who mostly support it are white some 75% of the money that flows into hip hop are from white hands.And while it being street music it wasn’t just going to work for the rapper who wanted to be a D boy and the did boy who wanted music pertaining to his life style that message had to be taking to the masses and that’s exactly what happend.Look both white and black ppl struggle not forget the brown or yellow.But rite now Hip hop is being exploited by the likes of Drake who is biracial and grew up in Toronto wealthy.But he has a voice ppl want to hear.maybe or maybe not your type of music but clearly a market out there which he can make music and profit from and everybody around him prophet from.No different than Malkemore. AND the way he reference guys so many times in his songs.He gives them recognition there by growing his fan base love it or hate it it’s Show-Buisness, two words there created to make a compound word.No different than Em talking about the trailer parks of Detroit reaching out to as many poor white people as he could just like Master P did to the ghettos.Basket Ball started out an all white sport.Does that mean blacks should have never picked up the rock because it wasn’t a black thing when it started? No!.The major problem Black America face today in the face of racism and Money injustice as it pertains to whites is a lack of Social Principles deep in the black communities.Were 80% of black woman are raising kids by themselves.While the rest of the country is trying to find clever new ways to make it into upper scale society.Blacks are struggling to make it into middle class.This generation both black male and female need to work and parent and move out the jets together to give hope to a new generation of middle class blacks that can become a uses full and change the economic society structure for blacks for years to come

      • Kat Dogs

        People who are supporting Iggy and Macklemore arent hip hop fans. They are just supporting their own. The black experience without the blacks.

      • Anydaynow2

        Clark, I do understand what you’re saying. This is, or should be, an age of enlightenment. But please, don’t ignore the history that I outline above. And please, don’t say that anyone here doesn’t want white people to rap. Because it just isn’t true. Em has been acknowledged by everyone that loves rap/hiphop. What we don’t appreciate is minstrelsy.

    • Anydaynow2

      Read my reply to the Sgt. above.
      So, you’re saying that the history of black culture, from minstrels to Elvis, is no cause for blacks to EVEN THINK about the mis-appropriation of culture created by us. Of course whites HAVE NEVER CONSIDERED THAT BLACK PEOPLE WOULD PROFIT FROM MUSIC WHITES THAT ENJOYED, AND WOULD GLADLY DO BUSINESS WITH THEM, BUY THEIR RECORDS AND CARE ABOUT THEIR WELL BEING..
      Yeah, OK.

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  • Guest

    It’s ok to use someone else’s money/name to distribute your music in ways you couldn’t imagine. It’s even ok and often tolerated to get screwed by said person(s). But God forbid someone from more than likely that same race starts to roc the mic. I’m talking about hip-hop and how hypocritical so many artist and fans alike have become since the very beginning. The hip-hop community is just that. A community of artist, fans and critics. No where does it talk about race exclusions. No where…. But the minute someone from another race or even country starts to get a little famous it’s all of sudden a foul on the play. Get your ass back in the lab and put out some heat. Stop whining and show us what you got on the mic, not some sorry ass interview about how they not representing the culture properly or they trying to steal it and make it theirs. Hell, it’s not even yours/ours anymore. It’s the mofo cutting the check and we all know 85% of the checks are cut by those individuals I spoke about in the first part of this reply. Money runs hip-hop nowadays. The culture has long been lost… Can’t get mad because you left the front door open and someone took a piece of meat off your table. That’s your damn fault…….. I don’t blame them one bit.

    • timwest1000

      NO ONE CARES IF YOU ARE NOT BLACK! JUST BE YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!! DAMN! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!!!!!!!! ARE YOU JUST THAT DAMN BLINDED BY IGNORANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!? IF YOU WERE BORN IN AUSTRALIA, SORRY, YOU ARE AUSTRALIAN. BE AN AUSTRALIAN RAPPER, AND BE PROUD OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anydaynow2

      “Can’t get mad because you left the front door open and someone took a piece of meat off your table. That’s your damn fault…….. I don’t blame them one bit.”
      You just demonstrated white privilege. Louis Armstrong changed the way people all over the world viewed jazz and jazz artist. No one could play like him and no one could create like him. He had a career that lasted for the better part of 5 decades. When all was said and done, and his type of music was no longer popular, he found it hard to make a living. At that point, all he had was his brownstone in Queens and his savings. His manager, on the other hand, had valuable property up and down 5th Ave. in Manhattan, the product of a deal between white entrepreneurs and mobsters scamming the “savage black” entertainer, who doesn’t deserve that kind of money.
      Same with Abe Saperstein, the Harlem Globetrotters capitalist. When all was said and done, he was a millionaire and the “artist/players” were practically broke. This trepidation about Iggy comes from a history of black people creating something out of the suffering they had to endure, and having to have a white conduit in order to get that creativity out to a moneyed white audience. And of course, the white conduit got most of the money every time.
      Same thing with Rock and Roll and Elvis, the “king of Rock and Roll”. Whites sure liked Rock and Roll, but they sure hated niggers. Therefore, the white kids weren’t allowed to buy the records of black artist, but it was OK for them to buy Pat Boone and Elvis records. AND THIS WAS THE 1950’s. Needless to say, Elvis and Pat Boone are rich and famous today because of Little Richard and Big Mama Thorton. If you white guys don’t understand the trepidation of blacks regarding the appropriation of culture, it wouldn’t surprise me. We all know that blacks don’t deserve the same economic opportunity as whites, even for their own creations.
      FOH Whites are for the most part the same people they were in 1910.

      • tony battie

        FOH Whites are for the most part the same people they were in 1910.

        Ignorance, such ignorance. Oh well, rant all day online about this instead of looking for a job…

      • Kat Dogs

        Troll, You look retarded. You know you typed that out right?

    • timwest1000

      I see you changed your name from SGT. H JENNINGS to GUEST because you were embarrassed at your own ignorant statement. Get your ass back down here and own your ignorance playboy.

  • timwest1000

    NO ONE CARES IF YOU ARE NOT BLACK! JUST BE YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!! DAMN! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!!!!!!!! ARE YOU JUST THAT DAMN BLINDED BY IGNORANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!? IF YOU WERE BORN IN AUSTRALIA, SORRY, YOU ARE AUSTRALIAN. BE AN AUSTRALIAN RAPPER, AND BE PROUD OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP PERPETRATING A FRAUD!!!!!! IT’S THAT SIMPLE.

    • Clark

      Yes. Yes they are.

    • InUrDreams 💋

      Yes!!!!!

  • J Burn

    He simply placated every one who spoke out by saying what they wanted to hear..

    • Celz

      He’s a real emcee and he really marched for Mike Brown.. You can’t say one let alone the two for most new black rappers..

      • J Burn

        J. Cole did the same(first, I might add)and Macklemore pales in comparison to him… Also using his name and ’emcee’ in a sentence is an oxymoron. Not clear on the point you’re making.. Lol

      • Celz

        I said most. J Cole is not most, he’s specifically J Cole. You obviously don’t rap, I do, if you did you would know the technical ability to put bars together as well as Macklemore is far above average. Is he as good as J Cole, Kendrick, Big Krit, Drake, of course not. He’s an emcee that raps well above average. His subject matter is poppish and I don’t like it, but that doesn’t take away from the skill.

      • J Burn

        Google err’body ain’t spitt… First vid is mine… That theory has been debunked.. I guess.. Lol

      • Celz

        The rest hasn’t tho.. Mack has bars.. He just raps likes a suburban kid.. He’s keepin it real at least.. I’ll check you out in a little..

      • J Burn

        I can’t speak to them.. I’m a J. Cole fan.. Especially after this year… I feel like he solidified his position in the game.. I appreciate substantive dialogue also bro.. Peace

      • J Burn

        So you’re point was to tell me I was wrong but when I give you an example you relegate it to the word ‘most’… Name 3 other white rappers who feel like dude and I’ll indulge you with 3 also to speak to my point…

      • J Burn

        You guy’s are weird in these comments… You get super butt hurt if someone doesn’t agree.. Then you post on someone else’s comments… If we don’t agree.. We don’t agree… Smh lol

      • Celz

        I’m not butt hurt.. Lol I just said dude can rap but it’s not my style. He’s better than most new rappers. If you check the hottest new mix tape tracks he’s better than most of them dudes.. You don’t have to agree but I think if anyone looked at the bars they would be like ok dude can spit.. Lol relax bro

      • J Burn

        I can’t give this dude any credence whatsoever… He’s trash to me bottom-line Lol @ relax tho.. Cuz dudes always say that to diminish your opinion.. Smh

      • tony battie

        j cole is a joke, can’t wait for bigghostface to trash that album

      • Celz

        You sound stupid man lol

      • J Burn

        You do sound stupid

    • tony battie

      at least google a word before you use it and aren’t sure how to spell it

      also he sounds legit but you probably don’t want him to actually be so you can be bitter over nothing

      • J Burn

        I could simply remove the y.. But then that’d be placating you.. Lol while we’re at it tho.. ‘Y’? Do u care… Must be a white aspiring rapper.. Lol smh

  • KevinOuarde

    Black rappers need to stop promoting self-destructive music and dumbing down our kids.

    That way nobody will be distracted enough to care about other races imitating us and we will be the one stealing other people s**t.

    • There are lots of black rappers who come from better backgrounds who drop a lot of good music that you have obviously chosen not to listen to, people are a product of their environment period that’s what mack is saying as well

  • Sgt. H. Jennings

    lol. it worked….. damn shame

  • I think mack is sincere.Mack may be one of those white ppl who really get it.I respect his grind and his talent.

    • Celz

      Respect his grind and his talent.. But I choose not listen to his music lmao… Hopefully he drops some freestyles I can check out tho! Dude can rap..

  • Os

    If white rappers are successful isnt that considered affermitive action?….hahaha…white rappers grew up on that culture just like black rappers grew up in that culture.arent there any black baseball players? who cares what your color is.i dont even think that rap or gangsta rap is a”culture”.if i love rap music and i want to rap for a living or think that this is my art form that best expressrs me,then why must i be black!?.
    a lot of cultures stemmed from whites and alot from blacks.we are all people get over this color thing alreadt its 2015!

    • Sydnee

      yeah..because oppression and stealing cultures doesnt exist anymore..white people love that “we are all people” and “we are all one” line when they want to take everyone elses culture and turn the issue about them and completely ignore how people of color feel

      • Os

        Sadly opression still exists,i dont know if somone as untalented as iggy winning a grammy constitutes stealing a culture though, i dont even know what stealing a culture means.i think that people should be more upset that we are being told by music industries that iggy is even a rapper or musician.its all pop music now that is the upseting thing,i mean,if rap music used to be public enemy,nwa,too short,ice t,biggie,pac,ice cube now its drake,tyga and all these pop sounding rappers,what did they contribute to the culture.eminem is white but he is one amazing musician who changed the way rappers rap and so is kendrick lamar now ,because they are quality observers that happened to grow up into this culture so they use rap music to express themselves.why is eminem rapping considered stealing a culture or justin timberlake singing considered stealing a culture.they are great entertainers thats it.

      • Celz

        That’s the point bro you don’t know what it means. The same way white people were pissed at affirmative action is why black people are mad now. It’s not KKK racism it’s institutionalized racism, often times the people committing it don’t realize it. Iggy is not pretty and not very talented she is the token white girl. Movies often have token black roles just for diversity not because the actor is a Denzel. The joke is the token black character gets killed off first simply because he was added to provide a facade of racial diversity, he never played a real role to begin with. But in Iggy’s case they forgot that she’s a token white girl, and they forgot that she isn’t even an artist let alone a talented entertainer. And she wins awards over artists for putting on a minstrel show.

        It’s hard for you to see because you’re not exploiting black culture, which is good. Think of it like this a Mexican dude once told 70% percent of all music in the world can be traced back to African roots.

      • Os

        First of all its good that we agree that iggy is an untalented whatever and that ti is making money off of her white relatabilty and not real talent.secondly,i am sure that the important parts of black culture are still deeply rooted in black people and the part that the music industry has taken over is now pop culture.i mean you probably see people in india,japan,china,europe etc using street slang,wearing clothes that mimick black modern culture,which to me btw is now different from african culture.that part of it has been turned years ago into pop culture so why are people so upset now.the fact that iggy won something is upsetting not the fact that she is a white entertainer in a predominantly black environment

  • archibald periwinkle

    If you all needed to do to succeed in hip-hop was be white, plenty of these other white rappers out here would a lot more succesful than they are right now. Macklemore was successful because of Ryan Lewis’s production and he’s a pop-rapper with family friendly lyrics

    • Celz

      Dude can rap his ass off tho.. I don’t fucc wit it, just like I can’t get down with Migos.. But keep it real.. I rap and I would be on my A game to jump in a cypher wit Macklemore or Migos.. They both make songs for kids in my opinion..

      • chicagostyl

        Migos sucks tho…

      • Celz

        Compared to all the new drill/ trap rappers they are easily the best. They have dope cadences, rhyme patterns, and a decent vocab.. They stand out compared to cats like Lil Durk and Lil Herb.. They know how to rap is all I’m saying..

      • TRUTH SPEAKER

        Migos being the “good quality” skill-wise trap rappers is such a myth.

        After Q-tip’s tweet I peeped one of their mix cds straight thru. Ish was an excruciating experience. No lyrics. No flow.

      • Celz

        Naw they have an advanced flow my g. The only trap rapper I can think of that’s better is Jeezy. I’m saying they are above average in rappers in general not your playlist or my playlist. Dudes off the bottom of my totem pole like childish gambino will kill those dudes. But if you look at who is making moves today they are easily in the top 50 percent.

        The stacatto cadence is tough to pull off period and only an emcee of the highest caliber like Em or Kendrick’s level can pull it off with any substantial subject matter. That’s why Jay Z (IMO the GOAT), was called out by Nas for rappin like the Fu-Shnickens then slowing his flow and patterns down. He switched his style and slowed down to keep up with Nas and Wu Tangs story telling and deeper subject matter. Migos actually have one of the most advanced flows out, period. Not saying you like it or I like it, just looking at it purely from a technical aspect. Unless you have been rapping for years you aren’t hanging with Migos or Mackelmore on a track period, let’s not kid ourselves here. If you can let’s talk business and we can start shopping songs to these wack niccas, I got a couple plugs.

      • KnowledgeSeeker

        Migos is below average when it come to the staure of real rap and real hip hop. They are better than most of these new rappers out by a little. But just because something is better than terrible doesn’t mean it’s good lol, it’s still bad, just not terrible, that’s migos (plus any rapper that wouldn’t be good without a beat behind him is trash period)

      • Celz

        Read what I said bro. I said they CAN rap. As in the way they put words together over beats. You are talking about their music, yes the music sucks and lacks any substance or orginality. Lol this wasn’t even my main point. I’m just sayin I don’t like ignorant rappers like Migos or pop rappers like Mackelmore but at least they can rap.

      • Kat Dogs

        Rap his ass off? Come on dude. That is a stretch. He is aaaight at best.

      • Celz

        Compared to dudes I listsen to he’s sub par.. Compared to what’s coming out now he’s far above average in ability, and I can’t relate to his subject matter.

  • tony battie

    Really feel bad for all the lazy jealous black people posting in this thread. What’s really sad are the kids who talk about stealing a ‘culture’ they contribute nothing to but iTunes sales if they even bother to buy shit. Sorta like crying about being ‘new slaves’ when they are just insulting actual slaves. Oh well just makes being a white person that much easier, thanks 🙂

    • Somebody

      How does it make being white easier? Im interested in knowing.

    • KnowledgeSeeker

      It’s called being passionate about something that you enjoy. And historically black people could never have shit of our own because people like took it; whether it was freedom, inventions, or even cultural artistry. You find a way to take it and make it your own. You did it with blues and rock n roll and now your tryin to do it with hip-hop. But at the end of the day who can blame yall right, I mean that is all yall know to do. Steal and claim its yours. That’s words to Christopher Colombus

    • Akhibrass

      Hip Hop comes out of black culture. Black kids are born into hip hop. We have no choice.

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  • chicagostyl

    this guy just dropped knowledge

  • ytgarner

    Great read! Damn it just bring back teen summit and have open forums to discuss these issues

  • Johnny Caruso

    This ain’t a black or white issue for blacks it is a social issue.Black on Black crime is mild to Black men on Father crime.This is what truly has held the black man back for so many years.When there are more black families striving to lift themselves out of poverty instead of ditching the family you made in poverty and leaving them there then the social aspect of black society will get better.And in many parts of the country it already has.But when black men chose not to be there for the woman they just impregnated I think some 80% of black mothers are raising kids up all by themselfs.Think how is a race ever gonna have the money of the elites or be respectable in society with those kind of numbers.A way to make your social society better around you where you live is to help the woman rase the kids and privide.That also means black woman just because you have a man who works don’t mean you can kick your feet up and be a house wife.Thats for people with money to do.Black America needs both families working and working together to support a family of kids who grow up with both parents and who move they families out the jets into middle class.Now those kids they make will have a shot at becoming wealthy and rubbing elbows with the elites.But until you black America starts to lay down your own foundation and know what that has to be then your social status here in America will never change.Maybe for a few but not as a whole.This generation of Black America needs to make the sacrifice of raising there youth out of poverty into middle class if there race and next generation is ever going to break the molds and stereo types of black society always being at the bottom with no money.I want adress the issue of race because in my living room sits a color television. : )

    • KnowledgeSeeker

      Such a passive racist, to ignorantly speak on a cultural issue that is not your own in such a bias and misinformed manner. You clearly talking out your ass and not doing any research so I will teach you something today. First off 85% of African Americans families are striving to do better legally in same effort as white who are 92%(numbers that have been widely disporportioned in the media) 50% of African American kids are without fathers (not 80%). Now that number is nothing to boast about in itself let look as to why its at 50. 23% of those father are in jail, facing harsher sentences the whites (African Americans are sentences on an average of 20-25years more than white for same crimes and criminal records annually). We are also the leaders of systematic injustice (due to white ppl) in the business aspect that makes it hard for us to strive and at some times even survive. Yes, you have exception but is only to solidify the injustice by being able to say “if these guys did it then so can you.” All that being said I know my people have some cultural issues but they are miniscule to what injustices America has and is will throw at us. You speak about us making a foundation and get up off the ground but take a look at your people position and see where whose necks yall are stepping on

    • Akhibrass

      Wow! Please, do some research on the black family before commenting. 80% of black mothers are NOT raising their children alone. WOW!

    • Slaughtr

      Motherfcka shut your fckin mouth you talk a bunch of punk ass gibberish get your back yard together black folk laid your motherfckin direction, all that bullshyt you talked is straight white mans talk all day and fck you from the bottom of the assphalt get yor fckn facc=ts straight before you go trying to tear a race up on some what you think shyt, you have not a fckin idea about the foundation that was built.Lastly look at your shyt a history of muder, deceit,thievery,rape, psycological and mental warfare,distortion of history, deprived your own women untill suffrage movement, white boy seckle the fck up.

  • Hannah Smith

    Is this really something the internet is focussing on? Is this
    really a problem? All around the world people are suffering, black people,
    white people, and all people.

    Bank’s ranting does come across as a wealthy successful person
    unable to control her jealously, Iggy is a much more successful artist. Celebrities
    have a louder voice than ever thanks to social media and some responsibility to
    use that voice for good and social change. Recently Banks and Qtip have been
    using their soapbox to bully and patronise. If Bank is focussed purely on Black
    issues then use your voice to look to Africa, to the many people in the world
    suffering. As I said above this comes across as jealousy and spite.

    Are we really getting upset by a couple of artists being successful
    writing and performing music normally associated with people of a different race
    to their own? If we got upset about that then what about the countless times
    this happens all over the world? For example Kpop, the pop music of South Korea
    is heavy in hip hop, rap and American pop influences, I have not seen Banks
    rant about that? Or Q Tip lecture Psy?

    While Banks does make some good points about racism and
    inequality in America her aggressive, racist and bullying approach is not going
    to convert any fence sitters, she will only marginalise herself and raise right
    wing white tempers.

    Let’s move on. Support any artist that makes you tap your
    foot, want to dance, smile. Let’s not support the bullies and the mean and bitter
    people in the world.

    • Kat Dogs

      B!tch please. Iggy is that your dumb ass?

      • Hannah Smith

        Great arguments.

      • Kat Dogs

        I don’t need one. You are your own enemy. You sound stupid with your analogy. This is hip hop. What are you talking about? What does bullying have to do with it? If someone is fake, they deserve the backlash for it.

      • Hannah Smith

        Explain how “If someone is fake, they deserve the backlash for it” is not bullying?

      • atlantahiphopshop

        Uhhh, because hip hop was built on at least trying to be real. I think you are in the wrong culture. The Kumbaya section is down the hall Ghandi.

      • Black Adam

        Hip Hop is an Agressive Art Form. Learn the Culture.

      • KnowledgeSeeker

        It’s called cause and effect, you can’t expect to do fake shit that effects more than yourself and don’t get any backlash from the people (or in this case the culture) that you are cheating

      • disqus_IUUFXhjwAG

        But hold on I didn’t see you respond the the first person that responded to you. But you were quick to respond back to Kat dogs

    • Dark Matters

      Interesting comment. In so many words you’ve said, “What does it matter that not everyone has the opportunity of success within the society I live in. All of these people are bitter people. Just enjoy what you want to enjoy.”

      You failed to realize that the artists you’ll have access to “make you tap your foot, want to dance, smile” will be determined and limited by an unfair system that was created by mean and bitter people.

      You’re the sort of passive racist that is the a major part of why social inequities won’t get fixed in the USA. If only you felt so strongly about social inequities and wanted to fix them. You’d rather stay in your bubble and resent those who attempt to burst it.

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  • Dark Matters

    Macklemore ought to be a diplomat. He sure finessed those questions. I don’t see Amerikkkan society “progressing” as he suggests needs to happen. There are way too many people psychologically and economically invested in business as usual. And there are people who are benefiting greatly from the decline into darkness.

  • Aiden_Abetting

    Damn at least he seems genuine (unlike iggy). Can’t really hate on the man he answered them questions well.

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  • IceBergSlim

    Good Article .. very good ..You guys have not put anything out this interesting in a minute. This is a huge subject that needs to be addressed an insight in the mind of the otherside. One statement he made that stands out ” We can say we’ve evolved, that we’ve come along way since the late 70’s/early 80’s, but we haven’t ” . People feel we came such a long way I think racism has been swept under the rug instead of removing this cancer and it continues to spread. The ones who maintain this idiotic way of thinking are the baby boomers no one is born to hate your taught to hate and you instill that garbage to the next generation.

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  • Mya

    Macklemore is right about everything he said. He’s seems like a really nice guy. Also Macklemore doesn’t have to worry about him betraying Kendrick’s trust. Kendrick knows that he’s a good guy, he said so in an interview. He just didn’t expect him to put the text message on Instagram and he thought it was a bit too much. But other than that he called Macklemore a “cool dude” in an interview. Kendrick is not the type of rapper to start drama or hold grudges.

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  • ThePokeMaster

    Anyone who uses the word “appropriation” is an insecure individual and possibly racist.

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  • Most Known Unknown

    All the white people commenting would do better off actually taking heed to what Macklemore said instead of trying to prove ignorance. I like Mack because he is humble. I think his songs are corny, but I do understand what point he is trying to get across. Too bad most white people don’t think like him.

  • Slaughtr

    Fck Macklemore!!

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