Bad Boy Entertainment’s Machine Gun Kelly has stepped forward to speak out on recently commenting on fellow hip-hop artist Macklemore’s “White Privilege II” song.
In MGK’s opinion, he has grown up with class division standing out more than skin color.
“I think me and Macklemore exist in two different worlds. I would never think twice about marching next to my brother for an issue we both believe in. These are issues that I am actually facing. Cleveland, Ohio is the real deal. We’ve seen it happen especially moreso with all of these police shootings, friends of mine being killed, all of that happening within the past couple years. The tension is rising more and more and I just have no reason to think twice about standing for what I believe in. I don’t see these people as my black friends — these are my friends, these are my family, these are people in my city that we want to stand up for. I think just as much as racism is an issue so is classism. Economics runs the world. The one percent [of the population] get rich and fat, leaving the other 99 percent to suffer. I’m part of the 99 percent and I’m sticking up for everyone who is trying to do something with their lives and make it out.” (Billboard)
Last month, MGK discussed his disinterest in categorizing hip-hop by skin tones.
“I’m not just a great white rapper, I’m a great rapper, why the f*ck is it about color,” MGK said when told he’s one of the top five greatest white rappers. “Race is not an issue. Race is an issue for people like Macklemore and sh*t. Bro, I’m comfortable in my own skin. I can’t help other people be the same way. Dog, I’m listening to the Rolling Stones, I can’t talk.” (TMZ)
Last month, New York rapper Talib Kweli went off on Hustle Gang’s Iggy Azalea for taking personal offense to Mack’s “White Privileges II” song.
Iggy eventually came forward and spoke out on the situation via Twitter.
The tensions sparked when Macklemore’s “White Privileges II” song landed online hours prior.
“You’ve exploited and stolen the music, the moment,” Mack raps. “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 – Fake and so plastic, you’ve heisted the magic/ You’ve taken the drums and the accent you rapped in/ You’re branded ‘hip-hop,’ it’s so fascist and backwards.” (“White Privileges II”)