Rapper was named alongside Miley Cyrus and Elvis Presley
Iggy Azalea has responded to being mentioned by Macklemore in his new song ‘White Privilege II’.
The song is a nine-minute long rumination on race, with Macklemore taking time out to namecheck white artists who he has been referenced alongside as adopting black culture for success and financial gain. Alongside Azalea, he also mentions Elvis Presley and Miley Cyrus.
The lyrics he uses include: “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
Fake and so plastic, you’ve heisted the magic, You’ve taken the drums and the accent you rapped in, You’re branded hip-hop, it’s so fascist and backwards.”
Azalea was asked about the song by fan on Twitter and appeared to believe she had been directly insulted in the lyrics:
‘White Privilege II’ features on new Macklemore and Ryan Lewis album ‘This Unruly Mess That I’ve Made’.
The album, which is the follow up to 2012’s ‘The Heist’, will be released on February 26. It includes the single ‘Downtown’ as well as Ed Sheeran collaboration ‘Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)’ and ‘Kevin’, featuring Leon Bridges. Scroll down to see a trailer for the album now.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will play a series of UK arena tour dates in April 2016. The tour begins at Manchester Arena on April 12 and culminates at the end of the month at The O2 in London. The hip-hop pair will play dates in Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Nottingham and Birmingham in between.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will play:
Manchester, Arena (April 12)
Glasgow, SSE Hydro (April 13)
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (April 22)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (April 23)
Nottingham, Capital FM Arena (April 24)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (April 26)
London, The O2 Arena (April 27)
Tickets are available now.