“If I was gay, I would think Hip Hop hates me.” Not quite, Macklemore. People still hate you. Sunday night’s Grammy Awards sparked an uproar as breakthrough rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis’s seven nominations landed them four wins. Taking over the music industry with their 2012 album The Heist, selling over 1.5 million records, the duo snagged the awards for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Album, beating out Hip Hop heavyweights Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar. The Grammy backlash is a result of the public’s festering ill feelings towards Macklemore’s positioning in the rap world. Even the Grammy Rap Committee frowned upon the Seattle-based rapper’s pop music infusion in to the category. Macklemore’s popularity stems from his appeal; he raps for fans who don’t really listen to rap. His artistry can pretty much be defined by this one excerpt from the book Decoded where Jay-Z writes “When you watch a children’s show and they’ve got a Muppet rapping about the alphabet, it’s cool, but it’s not really hip-hop” (54). Herein lays the issue of representation. Macklemore’s status as a white, mainstream pop star bars him from being the voice of rap, while his existence as a heterosexual male bars him from representing another community besides the hip-hop community that he supports; the LGBTQ community. His song “Same Love”—which has become nothing short of a national anthem for same sex marriage—further propelled his career while thrusting him into the age-old discussion of white privilege. Read the rest on Black-culture.com Do you think Macklemore’s Grammy nominations and wins were much deserved? How much does race, if any, plays into the success of Macklemore’s career?
Scandalicious by Armani Williams
NBA All Star Teddy Bishop seems to have it all. A phat basketball contract, endorsements, fans all over the world, a beautiful mansion, and his gorgeous wife Tamika. But his scandalicious affair with a platinum rapper from New York could be the death of his career. In a shocking twist of events, his juicy secret is exposed to the public with a few extras and all hell breaks loose.
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