macklemore & deray

Macklemore & DeRay Mckesson

*Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ new song “White Privilege II” has attracted the attention of activist DeRay Mckesson, who recently voiced his reaction to the track on social media.

XXL reports that McKesson took it a step further beyond Twitter by chatting with Macklemore himself over “White Privilege II” and the rapper’s motivation to write the song.

“When I first heard Macklemore’s new song, “White Privilege II,” I DM’d him asking if he’d be down to talk. We talked for an hour this morning,” Mckesson shared while detailing highlights from the conversation. “As I’ve said from the beginning, I think Macklemore’s song is important. And all art, including his song, is open to critique…We talked about the impetus for the song & he noted that it was Darren Wilson’s non-indictment & the protests that pushed him to write…& Macklemore understands that awareness is the beginning, not the end, of the work. He will be (rightly) judged by the actions that follow.”

In addition to “White Privilege II,” Mckesson stated that he and Macklemore chatted about the entertainer’s infamous text exchange with Kendrick Lamar. By the time conversation was over, Mckesson confessed to having a new understanding of Macklemore’s growth as an artist and the direction he took with “White Privilege II.”

Since it surfaced on the Internet, “White Privilege II,” has ignited a slew of reaction among listeners. Among those not impressed with the tune was Iggy Azalea, who was mentioned by name on the track as misappropriating Black culture

The Australian rapper’s response to “White Privilege II,” ultimately gave way to an argument between her and Black Star rhymesayer Talib Kweli.

According to Kweli, “The fact the Iggy Azalea thinks Macklemore song was a diss to her instead of actually listening is proof of her privilege. Fuck Iggy Azalea.”

Scroll below to see McKesson’s tweets regarding Macklemore and “White Privilege II: