Macklemore has an oil painting of a naked Justin Bieber in his studio.
When the US rapper was being interviewed by Rolling Stone, the journalist reported that on the wall of the studio is “a transfixing rendition of a naked Justin Bieber with maple syrup pouring down his chest onto a pancake balanced on his boner”.
“Ben spent a lot of time buying weird stuff on Etsy,” Ryan Lewis, Macklemore’s musical partner responded.
— Dan Lacey (@PainterPancakes) October 8, 2015
— Dan Lacey (@PainterPancakes) January 29, 2016
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— Dan Lacey (@PainterPancakes) February 21, 2016
— Dan Lacey (@PainterPancakes) March 6, 2016
Last week Macklemore expressed regret over his apparent ‘diss’ track against Iggy Azalea, admitting that he regrets not warning her about the inclusion of her name in his latest single.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis shared new song ‘White Privilege II’ featuring Jamila Woods in January 2016, which addresses the issues of so-called ‘cultural appropriation’ and name checked Miley Cyrus and Azalea in it’s lyrics. 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.
Macklemore spoke to Billboard in a recent cover interview, admitting that he ‘regrets’ not giving Azalea a warning before releasing the song, to which Azalea seems to have taken offence to.
“I don’t think people understood that I’m in my own head [saying], ‘You’re Miley, you’re Elvis, you’re Iggy Azalea’ – I’m talking about myself,” he explains. “Iggy and I came up together. We were on the XXL ‘Freshman’ cover together. There’s enough of a relationship that I should have let her know beforehand. And I didn’t do that.” After being asked if he had followed it up with Australian star he replied: “I haven’t talked to her.”