As the conversation around race and hip-hop continues, Macklemore stopped by the Ebro in the Morning show — on New York City’s radio station Hot 97 — to talk about cultural appropriation, his experiences as a white rapper, and Kendrick Lamar. Check out the interview below.
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The conversation moves to Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea around the 28 minute mark. Macklemore made it clear he doesn’t want to get involved in the ongoing beef — Azealia Banks called Action Bronson “a coward” yesterday — but he said “there’s a lot of truth in [Banks’] interview.” Macklemore continued, “I saw a Tweet, it was something along the lines of ‘Hip-Hop was birthed out of the Civil Rights Movement.’ This is a culture that came from pain, it came from oppression, it came from white oppression… you cannot disregard where this culture came from and our place in it as white people.”
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Macklemore also stressed the importance of listening. “I learned from [Q-Tip’s] Twitter,” Macklemore said. “That’s a OG breaking down truth. Again I’m not getting into how [Iggy] responded, I’m just saying it’s important to listen and to be humble… this is not my culture to begin with. This is not a culture that white people started. So I do believe, as much as I have honed my craft, as much as I have put in years of dedication into the music that I love, I do believe that I need to know my place, and that comes from me listening.”
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The conversation later turned to Macklemore’s relationship with Kendrick Lamar. Macklemore said he made a mistake last year by publicizing his post-Grammy Awards apology to Lamar. “First and foremost, the mistake came from Instagramming the text message and betraying my homie’s trust… I betrayed Kendrick’s trust.” “The language that I used was a bad call,” Macklemore continued. “‘Robbed’ was a bad choice of a word — white people have been robbing black people for a long time.” Here’s the whole clip.