Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have announced their second album together, ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’.
The record follows 2012’s ‘The Heist’, which featured hit single ‘Thrift Shop’, and will be released on February 26. The Seattle rapper and his collaborator shared the news with fans via a video trailer, which you can watch below.
As Rolling Stone reports, the clip features Macklemore describing how the pair had to go to “the middle of nowhere” to find inspiration and “[make] music not because we had to, but because we got to.”
Three tracks from the record have already been previewed. ‘Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)’ is a collaboration with Ed Sheeran and ‘Downtown’ features Grandmaster Caz and Mellie Mel amongst others. Meanwhile, Macklemore and Lewis performed a third song, ‘Kevin’, with Texan soul singer Leon Bridges at the American Music Awards.
Last month, Macklemore released a track called ‘White Privilege II’, in which he criticised the likes of Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea for appropriating black culture.
The song is a nine-minute long rumination on race and features lyrics like “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”.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, the rapper said that he was as indicative of the issue as the other artists mentioned.
“For me, that second verse is unpacking,” he said. “It’s an unpacking moment of internalised criticism and self-doubt, and ‘What have I done,’ and letting the criticism infiltrate who I am. ‘Why am I insecure at a protest?’ And I think that people get put into boxes, and the conversation around cultural appropriation – I was at the forefront of that, rightfully so. And that conversation also included Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea, and that’s why their names are on the record.”