With so much going on in the world today, it is rare to get a moment to truly examine and reflect on important issues that plague the U.S. of A. It is even more rare when a popular artist forces you to face these issues, and tackle them with him/her head on. The recently released White Supremacy II, does just this. It forces the listener to confront their own privilege, their feelings on race, poverty, police brutality, the invisible. Macklemore beautifully examines his own reality, his own supremacy, his own uncertainty around who to be and how to be, in these uncertain times.
To continue to postulate around what the song means, or how it was constructed, would be an injustice in and of itself. So, recently Macklemore & Ryan Lewis stopped by Sway in the Morning, bringing with them the other creatives who helped shape the nearly nine minute song. His honesty and gritty self-examination comes across during the interview. The song and this interview share real insight into not only the creative process, but how music can be a source of forward movements for all who take care to listen.