Macklemore & Ryan Lewis return with the follow-up to the rapper's 2005 track "White Privilege" with "White Privilege II" featuring Chicago singer Jamila Woods. For nine minutes, the Seattle-bred MC lets his pen run on white supremacy and the Black Lives Matter movement, rapping, "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 name-checks several white acts to note 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." In 2014, Macklemore also found himself at the center of racially charged controversy when he beat Kendrick Lamar for the best rap album Grammy.
The "Thrift Shop" hitmaker also recruited various talents including poet/songwriter Hollis Wong-Wear, anti-racist organizer Nikkita Oliver and musician Evan Flory-Barnes among others. "This song is the outcome of an ongoing dialogue with musicians, activists, and teachers within our community in Seattle and beyond," Macklemore writes. "Their work and engagement was essential to the creative process."
He revealed that his company Macklemore & Ryan Lewis LLC will be working with several organizations including Black Lives Matter, People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, Youth Undoing Institutional Racism & Freedom School (a project of AFSC and The People's Institute), and Black Youth Project 100 to strengthen the dialogue surrounding racism.
Macklemore's 2005 effort The Language of the World hosted the original track while "White Privilege II" will appear on his forthcoming album The Unruly Mess I've Made, due Feb. 26.
Azalea responded to Macklemore on Twitter.
@lggysBae he shouldnt have spent the last 3 yrs having friendly convos and taking pictures together at events etc if those were his feelings
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HANNAH MONTANA - 'She's A Super Sneak' - After being told that they can't go out for the evening, Miley and Jackson sneak out of the house to check out the latest Ashton Kutcher film - and spot Robbie at the same theatre on a date. Determined to learn more about the woman, Hannah Montana and Jackson pay her a visit at the real estate agency where she works. When Robbie shows up, Hannah and Jackson hide in the closet where Miley realizes that she has been hiding from her true feelings - she misses her mom and doesn't want her dad to start dating again, on 'Hannah Montana,' airing on FRIDAY, APRIL 7 (7:00-7:30 p.m. ET) on The Disney Channel. (DISNEY CHANNEL/MICHAEL DESMOND)
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LAS VEGAS - MAY 23: EXCLUSIVE. Actress Miley Cyrus poses at Distinctive Assets during the Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images for Distinctive Assets)
NEW YORK - JUNE 20: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actress Miley Cyrus makes an appearance on MTV's Total Request Live on June 20, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 02: Singer/actress Miley Cyrus of the show Hannah Montana sings inside at the Hollywood Radio & Television Society 'Kids Day 2006' at the Hollywood and Highland complex on August 2, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for HRTS)
*EXCLUSIVE* Miley Cyrus performs during her 'Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana: Best of Both Worlds' Tour at Nassau Coliseum on December 27, 2007 in Uniondale, New York. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JULY 18: (U.S. TABS OUT) Singer and actress Miley Cyrus appears onstage during MTV's TRL at MTV Studios on July 18, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Actress/singer Miley Cyrus arrives to the City of Hope benefit concert at the Gibson Amphitheater on September 14, 2008 in Universal City, California. Arrival (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
IRVINE, CA - DECEMBER 31: Mylie Cyrus performs at A Miley-Sized Surprise New Year's Eve 2009 presented by FNMTV at Arnold O'Beckman High School on December 31, 2008 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
Miley Cyrus Signs Copies of 'Miles to Go' at Barnes and Noble on March 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 09: Actress/singer Miley Cyrus accepts an award onstage during the Teen Choice Awards 2009 held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 9, 2009 in Universal City, California. (Photo by John Shearer/TCA 2009/WireImage)
Singer Miley Cyrus performs at the 21st Annual MuchMusic Video Awards at the MuchMusic HQ on June 21, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 07: *EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, PREMIUM RATES APPLY* Liam Hemsworth and singer Miley Cyrus attend the 18th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party held at Pacific Design Center on March 7, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Miley Cyrus performs on ABC's 'Good Morning America' at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on June 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress/singer Miley Cyrus arrives at the American Giving Awards presented by Chase held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on December 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for American Giving Awards)
Singer Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2011 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at The Shrine Auditorium on December 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. 21959_010_JS_1496.JPG
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Singer Miley Cyrus attends the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Singer Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JUNE 27: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Actor Liam Hemsworth and singer Miley Cyrus pose during Australians In Film Awards & Benefit Dinner at InterContinental Hotel on June 27, 2012 in Century City, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for AIF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Miley Cyrus performs at City Of Hope Honors Halston CEO Ben Malka With Spirit Of Life Award - Red Carpet at Exchange LA on October 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for City of Hope)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 16: Miley Cyrus performs onstage at the 'VH1 Divas' show held at The Shrine Auditorium on December 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Miley Cyrus poses backstage at the Marc Jacobs Collection Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at New York Armory on February 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus attends the Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Miley Cyrus attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 10: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Miley Cyrus performs onstage during Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged at Sunset Gower Studios on January 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)
LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Miley Cyrus performs on stage during her Bangerz UK tour at First Direct Arena on May 10, 2014 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Recording artist Miley Cyrus attends amfAR LA Inspiration Gala honoring Tom Ford at Milk Studios on October 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for FIJI)
INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Miley Cyrus attends The 25th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas - Day 2 at The Forum on December 14, 2014 ingInglewood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for CBS Radio)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 22: Recording artist Miley Cyrus attends The DAILY FRONT ROW 'Fashion Los Angeles Awards' Show at Sunset Tower on January 22, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for the DAILY FRONT ROW)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Host Miley Cyrus, styled by Simone Harouche, speaks onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Miley Cyrus arrives to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)