American rapper Macklemore has released a song which challenges white privilege, apathy towards racism, cultural appropriation and the political power of hip hop.
In the dynamic nine-minute track, the rapper intently explores criticism of his own social position as a white rapper (in genre pioneered by black musicians); and his role as a white ally to the black community in the ongoing race debate.
LISTEN: White Privilege II by Macklemore
The song has received mixed response on social media with tens of thousands weighing in on Twitter.
What are your views on the song and do you think his music is powerful enough to advance the global conversation on racial inequalities?
Macklemore n Ryan Lewis-white privilege, eish dis song is dope, n it only d matter of tym dat dis Racism must be faced,..we need change— #Baby Mama iz Out (@LMaphila) January 27, 2016
Songs like "White Privilege II" by Macklemore are just awful, he tries to be smart but just creates media with more division than anything.— Kevin (@Spevsta) January 27, 2016
Ill give Macklemore props for his song White Privilege 2 very well put together and i know right winger types will hate on it— CURRY VON ERICH (@Hanzi83) January 27, 2016
Some extracts from White Privilege II:
Where's my place in a music that's been taken by my race.— Macklemore on White Privilege II
Cultural appropriated by the white face.
And we don't want to admit that this is existing.
So scared to acknowledge the benefits of our white privilege.
Hiphop started off in a block that I've never been to.— Macklemore on White Privilege II
To counter act a struggle that I've never even been through.
If I think I understand just because I flow too.
That means I'm not keeping it true, I'm not keeping it true.
Now I don't rap about guns so they label me conscious.
But I don't rap about guns cause I wasn't forced into the projects.
And I speak freely when I write this.— Macklemore on White Privilege II
If a black emcee examined race there goes half their fan base, white kids.
And this is so true. and we didn't even have to fight the system.
We just went and picked up the microphone too.