Macklemore released a tracked titled “White Privilege,” a song from he and Ryan Lewis’ upcoming album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. But the track is garnering a lot of buzz for its lyrics dissing Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus.
On the song, which talks about several topics including, racism and Black Lives Matter, Macklemore takes aim at Azalea and Cyrus, rapping: “You’ve exploited and stolen the music, the moment/ The magic, the passion, the fashion, you toy with/ The culture was never yours to make better/ You’re Miley, you’re Elvis, you’re Iggy Azalea.”
Iggy, who has been accused of “stealing black culture,” got wind of the lyric and had a few words for Macklemore. When asked by a fan how she felt about the song, the Australian rapper tweeted back:
“He shouldn’t have spent the last 3 yrs having friendly convos and taking pictures together at events etc if those were his feelings.”
In a statement about the song, Macklemore explained, “This song is the outcome of an ongoing dialogue with musicians, activists, and teachers within our community in Seattle and beyond. Their work and engagement was essential to the creative process.”
Iggy also made headlines on Thursday after suggesting via Twitter that her record label Virgin/EMI felt the “response to my viral record “zillon” wasnt good enough” therefore wouldn’t allow her to put out a viral video for the track.
This Unruly Mess I’ve Made will be released February 26.