Rapper tackles race on 'This Unruly Mess That I've Made' album track
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have shared new song ‘White Privilege II’ featuring Jamila Woods.
The song is a sequel to Macklemore’s 2005 track ‘White Privilege’, which appeared on his solo album The ‘Language of My World’, and clocks in at nearly nine minutes in length. In that time, Macklemore raps about racial tension in America and mentions the Black Lives Matter movement and white artists who he believes have appropriated black culture.
“You’ve exploited and stolen the music, the moment/The magic, the passion, the fashion you toyed with/The culture was never yours to make better/You’re Miley, you’re Elvis, you’re Iggy Azalea,” he raps in one line. Hear the song below.
‘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.