Here’s why macklemore called out iggy azalea and miley cyrus in ‘white privilege ii’

Though Macklemore touched on an array of topics in “White Privilege II” — white supremacy, his own success, Black Lives Matter and more — the line that engendered one of the strongest reactions online was one that made reference to some other celebrities.

“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,” he raps on the song’s second verse.

In response, Iggy seemed to take offense — and take it as a diss.

But Macklemore says it wasn’t meant to be interpreted as a slight to those named.

“For me, that second verse is unpacking,” he told Rolling Stone. “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 — 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.”