Despite Azalea’s feelings of frustration, the Thrift Shop rapper says he didn’t mean to diss either artist!
He opened up to Rolling Stone regarding the track, explaining:
“For me, that second verse is unpacking. It’s an unpacking moment of internalized criticism and self-doubt, and ‘What have I done,’ and letting the criticism infiltrate who I am. ‘Why am I insecure at a protest?’ And I think that people get put into boxes, and the conversation around cultural appropriation ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ I was at the forefront of that, rightfully so. And that conversation also included Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea, and that’s why their names are on the record.”
Right, we get that the song is about how you feel about yourself — but you’re not talking about Miley and Iggy’s actual deeds; you’re using their names as shorthand for cultural appropriation.
That still seems pretty shady to us…
At the end of the day, Macklemore seems fine taking some criticism for starting a conversation:
“So if I’m put on blast, critiqued, broken down, questioned ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ all those things will happen, and they are completely valid. That’s part of the design of the conversation. If there’s a bigger teachable moment through this record, at the expense of me potentially being like, ‘Oh, I should have said this,’ or ‘I shouldn’t have said this,’ or ‘I see where that criticism is coming from,’ that’s OK.”
We can understand where the Grammy award winner is coming from, and maybe calling out some famous names brought more attention to the “conversation” — but there’s no doubt that shade was thrown!
Hopefully these talented musicians can kiss and make up and get back to making sweet, sweet music!
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