Okay, so one of my very dear friends won’t stop bitching about Macklemore on Facebook, and I feel like it is a prime example of liberal hypocrisy. First of all, I’ll say that, even though I generally like his music (used to REALLY like him, feelin’ kinda mehhh lately), I feel like all the criticisms I’ve heard levied against him are pretty valid. I would say, in general, “Same Love” does more good than harm, but I do get the critiques and agree that it does not present a nuanced view of hip hop and its views of homosexuality. (But then again, it is one line of one song, so perhaps there is room for Macklemore to pull his head out of his butt and address these issues. I doubt he will, but I like to give him the benefit of the doubt.)
So my white, female friend is issuing these critiques on her FB as if they’re her own, as if no black bloggers and cultural critics have been saying this shit for awhile. Plus, homegirl doesn’t even love hip hop. If you have no dog in the fight, get the fuuuck out of my genre. If you love Kendrick so much and think he deserved the Grammy, maybe, um, actually GO BUY AND LISTEN TO GKMC. This girl is my good friend, but I feel irritated when she just regurgitates every progressive talking point of the moment without critical engagement. When does the time come when you need to check YOUR privilege and stop acting like you’re so original when you’re just copping other people’s ideas without credit?
She also acts like Macklemore is symptomatic of a general attempt to remove blackness from hip hop. (Again, be reminded she does not understand this genre, and talked about Vanilla Ice, Eminem, and Kreayshawn in the same breath, despite the fact that they are all totally different artists, to illuminate this point.) I totally get that Macklemore is this very palatable white dude, and that bothers people, but I do not see his popularity as indicative of any sort of trend in hip hop. Hip hop is still black and will always be black. And perhaps if Mackelmore had not come up as an ENTIRELY independent artist, I could totally buy that he is a marketing ploy, but alas, he’s just music that white people like. And white people who act like hip hop is inherently stupid, misogynistic, or homophobic completely suck. But these people were not born with Macklemore and will not die once his popularity wanes. Again, PLEASE note that this chick and other friends of ours have mocked me for liking “17-year-old black girl” music because I listen to mainstream rap and hip hop. Her to a lesser extent, but she certainly does not defend me or my tastes.
Now, I’m gonna go listen to Yeezus and bask in the glory of the one true king.
Also, WHO GIVES A FUCK who wins a Grammy, the Grammys constantly award mediocrity. They never get it right.