Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have returned to follow "White Privilege" with "White Privilege II" today. The track features vocals from Chicago singer Jamila Woods, fueling the track with the soul it needs to accompany the beautiful horns and Macklemore's signature flow. Listen as, for nine whole minutes, Macklemore lets his pen bleed on the "Black Lives Matter" movement and white supremacy, preaching,
"We want to dress like, walk like, talk like, dance like, yet we just stand by/ We take all we want from black culture, but will we show up for black lives?"
He also is heard dropping names, mentioning a great deal of white acts to bring notice of the criticism he's received for being a white rapper accused of "appropriating hip-hop."
"You've exploited and stolen the music, the moment/ The magic, the passion, the fashion, you toy with/ The culture was never yours to make better/ You're Miley, you're Elvis, you're Iggy Azalea."
"This song is the outcome of an ongoing dialogue with musicians, activists, and teachers within our community in Seattle and beyond," Macklemore states. "Their work and engagement was essential to the creative process." He says that his company, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis LLC, will be working alongside organizations like "Black Lives Matter", "People's Institute for Survival and Beyond", "Youth Undoing Institutional Racism & Freedom School", and "Black Youth Project 100."