Here’s Why Macklemore Called Out Iggy Azalea And Miley Cyrus In ‘White Privilege II’

The rapper explains some of the decisions that went into his new song.

Though Macklemore touched on an array of topics in “White Privilege II” — white supremacy, his own success, Black Lives Matter and more — the line that engendered one of the strongest reactions online was one that made reference to some other celebrities.

“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,” he raps on the song’s second verse.

In response, Iggy seemed to take offense — and take it as a diss.

But Macklemore says it wasn’t meant to be interpreted as a slight to those named.

“For me, that second verse is unpacking,” he told Rolling Stone. “It’s an unpacking moment of internalized 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.”

He also opened up to RS about the criticism he received when the song was released, a hip-hop legend helping inspire the song and more. You can read the full interview here.