i would hate to be Macklemore

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a slap in the face (disgrace) to Hip-Hop, Rap, and Black people around the world.

but you wanna know what?

I WOULDN’T WANT TO BE MACKLEMORE.

i would hate to receive awards that i know deep down inside i don’t deserve.

i would hate to see the look in Black people’s eyes that KNOW that i don’t warrant the accolades that i receive(d).

i would hate to say that i’m part of a culture that i HURT more than i HELPED.

i would hate to have to live the LIE that i’m really that good…the LIE that i’m really that great / that genius / that talented; especially in comparison to the originators and current taste makers of the art, genre, and culture.

i would hate to KNOW that my Whiteness and the PRIVILEGE that my Whiteness STILL commands is LARGELY what is responsible for my success.

i would hate to KNOW that Black people are AFRAID to address the BULLSHIT that surrounds my milestone success out of FEAR, MARGINALIZATION, and RETALIATION.

i feel sorry for Macklemore.

if i was Macklemore, i couldn’t TRULY enjoy my success because i know that my success was FOUNDED and DEPENDENT on White PRIVILEGE, White RACISM, and White SUPREMACY.

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14 thoughts on “i would hate to be Macklemore

  1. “current taste makers of the art, genre, and culture.”

    i was actually following the train of thought until i read this.
    almost laughed out loud.

    you have got to be kidding me.

    the 2014 condition of the coma-patient that we call hip-hop is a horrible materialistic swamp.
    selling sex 24/7.
    cooking rocks on the kitchen stove.

    give me a fucking break.

    mack is only one of thousands of voices calling for a more sustainable artform.
    and the voices are from [all] races and ages.
    i think lots of people are dissatisfied with the way our entertainment world is operating.

    mack never signed a label.
    he is still independent.

    showing a way out of the industry shams… all we have to do is listen

    • “showing a way out of the industry shams”

      showing a WAY???

      HELL NO.

      it goes without saying that Black people were FIRST when it comes to being INDEPENDENT artists grinding it out in Hip-Hop / Rap.

      so he’s not showing anybody anything that we haven’t already seen and DONE before.

      all he IS showing us is what happens when you’re WHITE and you do it.

    • “the 2014 condition of the coma-patient that we call hip-hop is a horrible materialistic swamp.”

      the current taste-makers are NOT industry / commercial artists.

      and yeah, they are few and far between…but they ARE out there – they just don’t have four 2014 Grammy awards / trophies.

      • “the current taste-makers are NOT industry / commercial artists.”

        this statement opens up a giant can of worms.

        do you know who the current tastemakers are?
        because i sure don’t.

        i always saw taste in the hip hop industry as run by cynical, corrupt white people.
        i don’t see the industry skewing toward consciousness at all. not even a little bit.

        now you’re saying that the people who create taste (which i define as where the future of the art is going) are the true black artists, the black underground real ish?

        are we talking about two different things?

      • “are we talking about two different things?”

        most likely.

        taste makers are subjective.

        fame, notoriety, and influence are separate from my ‘taste-maker’ definition.

        the confusion lies in my personal definition of what or who a taste-maker is.

        i even have my own definition of what i consider ‘real’ Hip-Hop…the two are closely related.

    • “i was actually following the train of thought until i read this.
      almost laughed out loud.”

      which gives CREDENCE to the statement, “HIP-HOP IS DEAD”…AND the chain of events / train of thought that led up to such.

      • it almost seems HYPOCRITICAL to say TASTE MAKER and HIP-HOP IS DEAD in the same breath.

        which one is it?

        how can Hip-Hop be DEAD but STILL have taste makers?

        ONE REASON is because Hip-Hop is MORE than merely MUSIC. it’ more than merely a CULTURE. and it’s MORE than merely a genre.

        but again like i said previously, we all have our own personal definitions of WHO and WHAT is or is not HIP-HOP.

      • “…ONE REASON is because Hip-Hop is MORE than merely MUSIC. it’ more than merely a CULTURE. and it’s MORE than merely a genre…”

        this sentiment has power, but only in a peter pan kind of way.
        a childlike fascination with the power of the culture.

        how many times have we heard the joking skits on rap records about the white executive trying to push destructive stereotypes and a commercial sound onto an artist who would rather keep it real?

        that dynamic may or may not have ever existed, but it has become a part of hip hop mythology.

        we already know that payola is how records get on the air, see macklemore, and the radio stations do not have the best interests of the culture in mind.

        if macklemore was black [blacklemore?] would he have posed a threat to the stereotypes?
        would he have been ignored in favor of rap that elevates the inane and the destructive?

        yeah, probably.

      • “if macklemore was black [blacklemore?] would he have posed a threat to the stereotypes?
        would he have been ignored in favor of rap that elevates the inane and the destructive?

        yeah, probably.”

        sure. but since he is NOT Black, he reinforces status-quo ideals and stereotypes.

        and instead of being IGNORED, he becomes a fukcing ICON in ‘Hip-Hop’.

        – complete DOUBLE-STANDARD…complete BULLSHIT. –

  2. if i was Macklemore, i couldn’t TRULY enjoy my success because i know that my success was FOUNDED and DEPENDENT on White PRIVILEGE, White RACISM, and White SUPREMACY.

    is this not the condition of every single white person in the usa?

    or do you feel some white citizens (obviously they would have to be not involved with any black artforms) have any success that doesn’t fit that criteria: dependent on privilege racism and supremacy?

    • “is this not the condition of every single white person in the usa?”

      NOW we’re talking.

      i’d say that this is the condition of the MAJORITY of White people in the usa, yes.

      …but again, i’m keeping this statement focused in a Hip-Hop context for clarity purposes…

      because if i take it OUT OF CONTEXT, then it becomes, “I WOULD HATE TO BE WHITE”…which is a WHOLE DIFFERENT CONVERSATION / can of worms and not the focal point of this blog.

    • do you feel some white citizens have any success that doesn’t fit that criteria: dependent on privilege racism and supremacy?

      i think White privilege is responsible for 90% of White success.

      i feel like White people (by and large) play ‘KEEP AWAY’ with success & opportunity in this country.

      it’s EASY to point out a FEW exceptions, but the statistics don’t lie.

      if you’re Black and you’re a male in this country, life is going to be RIDICULOUSLY ‘complicated’ for you.

      and for every ONE that makes it through to ‘greener pastures’, there are ‘100,000’ that did NOT – and lived the most DEMEANING, DISADVANTAGED, and INHUMANE life possible; torn down, devalued, and DISPOSED of.

      • “…i feel like White people (by and large) play ‘KEEP AWAY’ with success & opportunity in this country…”

        we have seen it over and over.

        climb the ladder, but instead of leaving it for the next person, you pull the ladder up after you.

        totally agree, even on an international scale.

        the us burned more coal and gas than practically all the other countries combined for many decades.
        but, now that the developing world needs energy resources, we decided that we won’t allow them to do it the way we did.

        hubris is an epidemic

      • “climb the ladder, but instead of leaving it for the next person, you pull the ladder up after you.”

        right.

        but when people like Eminem and Macklemore come around, the ladder is extended for them the scale.

        or

        the ladder is only extended to Black people when they can make the White person unholy amounts of money or give them indirect influence over an entire demographic of people.

        it’s just greazy…and people wanna act like it’s just BUSINESS – naw; it’s deeper than that.

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