Macklemore Tackles Race, Hip-Hop, Grammys + More!

Macklemore Tackles Culture, Grammys + More!Once again, Ebro and Rosenberg at HOT 97 deliver another insightful interview, this time around the duo plug in “Thrift Shop” rapper Macklemore. Amongst our nation’s current cultural conflicts, the Seattle rapper denounces racial injustices, “Eric Garner, Mike Brown, very sad situations. Situations that left so much frustration in me. If there’s anything positive that has come out of their deaths, I believe that it’s brought attention to the injustices that have been plaguing America since the jump. Racial profiling, corrupt judicial system, police brutality. Responding to Azaelia Bank’s controversial interview, he continues to explain that as a white rapper he must understand his place in the culture, “You need to know your place in the culture. Are you contributing or are you taking? Are you using it for your own advantage or are you contributing? I saw a tweet that said, ‘Hip hop was birthed out of the civil rights movement.’ This is a culture that came from pain and oppression. It was the byproduct [of white oppression]. We can say we’ve come a long way since the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, but we haven’t. Just because there’s been more successful white rappers, you cannot disregard where this culture came from and our place in it as white people. This is not my culture to begin with. As much as I have honed my craft…I do believe that I need to know my place.” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis kick-started the year with controversy after winning the Grammy for Best Rap Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. He apologized to fellow nominee Kendrick Lamar in a text, which he posted on Instagram. Looking back, Macklemore realizes that he shouldn’t have shared it with the world. “I made a mistake,” said Macklemore. “A lot of fear was going into that moment.” The interview is very informative on both hip-hop and black culture and serves a great way to kick of your New Years Eve! Check out Macklemore’s HOT 97 interview below!

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