Macklemore says that some artists are not educated when it comes to U.S. history and the impact it has on the current political climate.
In an interview with Fault magazine, the Grammy Award-winning rapper shared his views on modern politics, white privilege, and fellow artists not doing the proper research before airing their views.
“I want to acknowledge the systems in which we operate under in America. We are all under the system of white supremacy, and I do benefit from the colour of my skin in numerous ways, and that plays a factor in how I have an advantage regarding my art and concerning my career,” the “Thrift Shop” hitmaker said.
“To take from specific cultures and not acknowledge what’s going on is disingenuous. If I know the truth about it, it’s crucial for me to speak on the subject matter.”
Macklemore’s views come a week after Kanye West publicly tweeted his support for U.S. President Donald Trump, even posting a photo of himself wearing a Make America Great Again baseball cap. In the recently released song “Ye vs. The People”, West claimed that wearing the hat was about taking something with a “negative perception” and giving it a “new direction.”
“For some artists, it’s easier just not to educate themselves,” Macklemore told Fault magazine. “You’ve got to go back to the origin of America to see how this isn’t a philosophy or an ideology but that white supremacy has a history and has impacted the laws and systems in place today.”
The 34-year-old rapper also revealed how he used drugs to cope with his sudden rise to fame.
“Adjusting to the fame in a condensed period and not staying sober has been the worst. There was a rapid transition and to have the world’s eye on me all at once with back-to-back number 1s, and all the accolades that came with it – I didn’t know how to deal with it. I didn’t know how to adjust, so I escaped.
“I think a lot of that peak season when I was around a bunch of people, doing sold-out arenas across the world was me isolating and using drugs. I used drugs to cope with it and to get out of my head.”
Read the full interview at Fault Magazine.