Thu 11 Jul 2013
On the same day this his “Same Love” single reached platinum status, Macklemore (sans Ryan Lewis) sat down for an in-depth conversation with Hot97′s Peter Rosenberg yesterday. The Seattle sensation spoke candidly about his surprise at the success of “Thrift Shop,” being viewed as the “friendly-to-white-adults-rapper,” his admiration for Kendrick Lamar and R. Kelly’s reaction to his line on “Thrift Shop” (“Probably should’ve washed this, smells like R. Kelly sheets”). Macklemore also shared his thoughts on homophobia and race in hip-hop:
People are really scared about how other people are gonna perceive them. Artists that push the envelope of what is “culturally acceptable within hip-hop, what falls into the parameters of what hip-hop is and what it isn’t,” those rules are old and outdated. This is an issue of equality and humanity and let’s put that at the forefront.
It’s something that everyone kind of tip toes around. Of course you’re going to talk about being a white rapper, but in terms of actual white privilege, and the culture and origin of how hip-hop started, it’s things that people really shy away from.
Watch the full interview, plus Macklemore’s freestyle over Wu-Tang’s “Triumph,” after the jump…
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