Macklemore Played the Race Card

On Monday, Macklemore called into Hot 97’s morning show to once again say Kendrick Lamar should have won the grammy for Best Rap Album but this time he played the race card. Macklemore is white. He says that’s why he won.

“Try being the guy that won that award. It’s the blessing and the curse, but a little more of the curse,” Macklemore said, explaining that he was concerned when the nominations were originally announced.

Every year, people get angry over Best Whatever Album. It’s like not everyone has the same opinion or something. Oh, I know. Shocking.

“Kendrick is a friend of mine, I love his music and in my opinion he had the best rap album of the year. And knowing how the Grammys usually go, I knew that there would be a great chance that we’d win that award and in essence rob Kendrick. So that’s what happened. It kinda sucks. I think we made a great album, but I think that Kendrick made a better rap album. And that’s what it is.”

You knew you had a great chance at winning and you won. This is a travesty.

“What makes it awkward for me is the fact that you never want to be the person that’s robbing somebody else. And I think what people don’t understand, is what the Grammys are. It’s a bunch of people on the Grammy committee, in the industry, that get a ballot.”

“I got a ballot this year. Now, as I’m filling out the ballot I’m realizing I don’t know much outside of the genre of hip-hop. So people are filing out bubbles of genres that they don’t know about, and that’s the process of it.”

So just because this guy doesn’t know much outside his genre that means it’s the same for everyone else? Solid logic.

“Our name was big this year,” he said. “In terms of the people that are voting on those ballots, we have an unfair advantage due to race, due to the fact that we had huge radio success, due to the fact that our name was circulating more in the pocket [those] of people filling out of their ballot. This is not a RapRadar poll, this is not a 2DopeBoyz poll, this is not a Hot 97 poll, this is the Grammys.”

He could have just said thanks and told people he thinks Kendrick had the better album and leave it at that but I guess it’s more fulfilling to play the Great White Defender. It’s great to be humble but at some point, that humility becomes pretty patronizing. We’re almost at that point.

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Jason B
10 years ago

F**k, I really like Macklemore and the Heist is a really solid album, but you hit the nail on the head at the end of this. We want our celebrities to be humble and down-to-earth, but yeah, shut the f**k up Macklemore. We get it…you’re not worthy. It ain’t easy bein’ white in the rap game, etc. It’s not like you took food of the man’s mouth. Be thankful and piss off. Sorry, rant over.