Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Perform “White Privilege II” on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis caused quite the stir last month when they dropped "White Privilege II," a song examining Mack's own white guilt and comparing his style of appropriation to that of Elvis and Iggy Azalea. While the conversation started by the song continues, Macklemore performed it Monday night (Feb. 8) on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, adding dimension to his message and presentation.
Macklemore is backed entirely by minority singers, and after performing the first two verses of the near nine minute song, he disappears completely, surrendering the microphone to poets Nikkita Oliver and Danez Smith and later, singer Jamila Woods. Though the song was initially ill-received by Iggy Azalea, the rapper later came around, saying that she agrees with portions of the record.
Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson spoke to Macklemore about the song after it dropped, writing on Twitter, "Macklemore understands that awareness is the beginning, not the end, of the work. He will be (rightly) judged by the actions that follow.” Most recently, Machine Gun Kelly offered comment on the song, saying that he and Mack exist in two different worlds. "I would never think twice about marching next to my brother for an issue we both believe in," MGK said. "These are issues that I am actually facing."
"White Privilege II" joins "Downtown" as Macklemore's pre-releases from his upcoming album This Unruly Mess I've Made. The LP will serve as the follow-up to the duo's breakout 2012 breakout The Heist and is scheduled for a Feb. 26 release. Watch the performance above.
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