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Macklemore Explains Why He Called Out Iggy Azalea On 'White Privilege II'

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Macklemore caused a ruckus with his track 'White Privilege II.'

On it, he says white artist like Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus and Elvin Pressley are "fake and plastic" and have "stolen the magic" from black artists. Since he seemed to including himself in the group of phony Caucasian thieves, it wasn't really a traditional diss.

Nevertheless, Iggy took a offense, and then Talib Kweli jumped in and went after the Australian import.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Macklemore explained why he used Iggy's name in the track.

In mentioning Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea in the song, Macklemore didn't intend it as a diss of either artist — though he knew that using their names might sound that way. "For me, that second verse is unpacking. It's an unpacking moment of internalized criticism and self-doubt, and 'What have I done,' and letting the criticism infiltrate who I am. 'Why am I insecure at a protest?' And I think that people get put into boxes, and the conversation around cultural appropriation — I was at the forefront of that, rightfully so. And that conversation also included Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea, and that's why their names are on the record."
So, basically Macklemore is saying that white artists operating in black mediums, like Iggy does and Miley has, must have the same self-doubt as he does. Do you think they should?

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