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Azealia Banks Wants Macklemore to Stay in His Lane When it Comes to Calling Out White Rappers

Kevin Winter / Chealsea Lauren, Getty Images
Kevin Winter / Chealsea Lauren, Getty Images

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ latest track, “White Privilege II,” has garnered much discussion since it premiered this week, most of it to do with the song’s complex cultural and social subject matter, and some of it to do with a handful of lyrics which directly call out white artists like Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus, and Elvis for co-opting black music and culture.

While Iggy herself has since responded to the song’s lyrical diss on Twitter (for the most part, just shrugging it off), another rapper with a similar name has taken a somewhat surprising stance against the track, including its Iggy diss: Azealia Banks.

Yes, that’s right—Azealia Banks, who has famously feuded with Iggy Azalea in the past, wants Macklemore to leave Iggy alone and stay in his lane.

On Friday January 22, the outspoken rapper tweeted about the track, calling out the “Thrift Shop” rapper for re-appropriating “s–t black artists have been saying for years” and asserting that him calling out Iggy and Miley is just another form of “super misogyny” in which male rap artists like Eminem receive less criticism for their adoption of black music.

Following her thought-provoking diatribe, Azealia then went on to list off the white rappers she does enjoy, including Yelawolf, Machine Gun Kelly, and yes, even Eminem. (To be fair, it’s important to note that there’s nothing wrong with enjoying an artist’s music while also being critical of his or her cultural impact and/or behavior.)

Another surprising artist that Azealia really likes? Believe it or not, Kesha.

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