Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "White Privilege II" No. 1 on Billboard & Trending Everywhere
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:38:00
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Billboard reports that "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' new song, 'White Privilege II,' zoomed to No. 1 on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart today (Jan. 22), soon after its release earlier this morning.
The new track is expected to be on the duo's second studio album, This Unruly Mess I've Made, due out Feb. 26, and comes after the original "White Privilege" from the rapper's 2005 album, The Language of My World."
But readers don't need Billboard to chart how incendiary this song is, as the Twitterverse and beyond is aflame with opinions about its nine minute long message that takes shots at Elvis Presley, Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea, and even the rapper himself for appropriating Black culture. Listen and download the song at Macklemore's website, and check out what people are saying below.
Talib Kweli: "The fact @iggyazalea thinks Macklemore song was a diss to her, instead of actually listening, is proof of her privilege. F**k Iggy Azalea."
The fact @iggyazalea thinks Macklemore song was a diss to her, instead of actually listening, is proof of her privilege. Fuck Iggy Azalea.— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) January 22, 2016
Deray McKesson: "Macklemore is not a hero, a savior, or a prophet for discussing white privilege. & he is not saying he is. & you shouldn't either."
Macklemore is not a hero, a savior, or a prophet for discussing white privilege. & he is not saying he is. & you shouldn't either.— deray mckesson (@deray) January 22, 2016
Pitchfork's kris ex: "White Privilege II" is too messy to be ploy; too unruly to be calculated; too all over the place to be a chess move—unless the endgame is to piss off the "Same Thrift Shop Love Can't Hold Us" demographic for a Black audience that seems unlikely to ever fully accept him."
Indigo Jane: "What's sad is that people like Kendrick Lamar has been PREACHING exactly what Macklemore said in White Privilege II. BUT NOW they'll listen."
What's sad is that people like Kendrick Lamar has been PREACHING exactly what Macklemore said in White Privilege II. BUT NOW they'll listen— Indigo Jane (@ImaneNicholas) January 22, 2016
Jonathan Zwickel: "Speaking out is a big step, but I'd love to see @macklemore donate profits from WPII to #BlackLivesMatter or other progressive black causes."
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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