After listening to it once, Big Daddy Kane reacts to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “White Privilege II.”
“From what I was hearing, I wasn’t crystal clear on what he was saying,” Big Daddy Kane says during an interview with The Source. “To me, it sounded like if he was condemning the White privilege, the privileges White people have in Hip Hop. It kind of sounded like that, but then again, because he’s a clever thinker, it could be the type of thing where he’s spoofing what Black America thinks of White artists. It could have been that. I’m not really sure what he meant by it.”
In August, Big Daddy Kane defended Macklemore, who was being attacked for his “Downtown” single with Ryan Lewis, whose video features Rap pioneers Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz.
“I don’t see one artist in the game that put Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee or Grandmaster Caz on their new song or let them perform on the VMA’s (Including Me) but people wanna have a problem with @macklemore for paying homage to them?” Big Daddy Kane wrote on Instagram at the time. “We don’t acknowledge our own & get mad when another color does.”
As for the larger topic of White privilege, Big Daddy Kane says it is a legitimate issue.
“If you’re White then yes, you have White privilege,” the rapper tells The Source. “It’s there for the taking if you choose to use it, you know, just keeping it 100. With that being said though, I mean that’s no reason to look down on White people in society. It’s a reason to look down on the laws of this country because that’s the way its structured and the way these people work. It’s like this, you can go to a city that has a predominately Black police force and because they’re told these are the people to profile, a Black person can be profiled by their own race. They’re told these are the people to profile. It’s like do White privilege exist? Absolutely. In the case of passing judgment, you have to make sure that you’re passing judgement on the right person.”
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