Macklemore and Hot 97 Have a Great Discussion on Race in Hip-Hop


Courtesy of Ryan Lewis Productions

Earlier today, Hot 97‘s “Ebro in the Morning” hosted rapper Macklemore for a great discussion on race and white privilege (specifically in the music world). Among many topics, Macklemore addresses police brutality and whether he believes that his music is embraced by white radio and the Grammys because of his skin color. Macklemore also talks about the new J. Cole album and his text apology to Kendrick Lamar. Watch the hour-long and thought provoking interview below.

“Why am I safe? Why can I cuss on a record, have a parental advisory sticker on the cover of my album yet parents are still like ‘you’re the only rapper I let my kids listen to.’? Why can I wear a hoodie and not be labeled a thug? Why can I sag my pants and not be a gang banger? Why am I on Ellen‘s couch? Why am I on Good Morning America? If I was black, what would my drug addition look like?… To me, the privilege that exists in the music industry is just the greater symptom of the privilege that exists in America.” – Mackelmore

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