Anonymous asked: about macklemore: i know he's still problematic as a white person in hip hop, but he does address white privilege and white privilege in the hip hop industry in his music, which i found surprising, in his song White Privilege. If you can, tell me your thoughts on it?

I didn’t really want to answer this (because… effort/the Internet exists…) but luckily @herocountry did:

: the institution will recognize him more
: ALSO YOU KNOW WHAT I BET TONS OF POC HIP HOP ARTISTS HAVE DONE SHIT ABOUT WHITE PRIVILEGE WITHOUT RECOGNITION
: EITHER WAY macklemore is a good guy apparently or w/e
: BUT HE’S STILL PRIVILEGED??? HIM RECOGNIZING HIS PRIVILEGE DOESN’T LESSEN IT????????

^^^ That last bit more or less sums up my feelings about it. Also people always act so surprised at thoughtful rappers or are willing to let ~conscientious~ white people who operate in a predominantly/culturally/historically PoC field slide when honestly the greatest injustice that’s ever been done to rap music as a genre is this notion that it’s all misogynistic, sexist, violent, associated with black/poor communities, etc. etc., and ESPECIALLY when it’s done by black people. Rap/hip hop culture has such a rich cultural history and so many black representatives that it’s frankly pretty insulting that people are falling all over themselves at Macklemore when, technically speaking, he is just a mediocre rapper with some slick production at best and appropriative at worst. Like, congrats on being a good guy/being aware of your privilege, Macklemore. Still doesn’t change the fact that you have that privilege.

HOW DID I END UP ANSWERING THIS ANYWAY I basically just said what Tori said, but more words T_T fml

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