After rolling out his second solo studio album, Gemini, last week, Macklemore sat down with Chelsea Handler for the newest episode of her late-night talk show Chelsea, where the two dished on the dearth of white rappers as well as the difference between rap and hip-hop in a sneak peek clip.
Before Macklemore gained prominence with major tracks like “Can’t Hold Us” and “Thrift Shop” and before G-Eazy, Machine Gun Kelly and Mac Miller made waves in music, Eminem changed the face of rap music as one of the top and most influential white rappers in hip-hop. In the interview, Handler, curious about the lack of white rappers in hip-hop, cut straight to the punch and posed the question, “Why aren’t there more white rappers?” With a slight hesitation, Macklemore says that while there’s an abundance of white rappers, he believes “there’s not a lot of great ones.”
Although he found it difficult to expound upon his thoughts, he later discussed what he thinks the difference is between rap and hip-hop. “Rap is something that you do, hip-hop is something that you live — that would be like from the purest hip-hop standpoint,” he told Handler. “Rap is an element of the culture so it’s a part of the craft.”
Earlier this week, the “Good Old Days” rapper performed “Willy Wonka” with Offset on Jimmy Kimmel and stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden to perform “Ain’t Gonna Die Tonight.”
Macklemore’s Chelsea episode will be available to stream on Friday on Netflix.
Watch a preview a Macklemore’s Chelsea appearance below.