Machine Gun Kelly found himself cornered by a pesky TMZ videographer at the Los Angeles airport Tuesday, and the rapper was asked about Macklemore’s polarizing new single “White Privilege II.” In the nine-minute track, Macklemore criticizes himself–along with Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus–for appropriating Black culture with their artistic choices. When the paparazzo asked MGK about his thoughts on race, the General Admission MC said point-blank, “Race is not an issue.”
He continued, “Race is an issue for people like Macklemore and s–t…I’m comfortable in my own skin; I can’t help people feel the same way.”
In basic terms, MGK isn’t hung up on race in hip-hop, which means we probably won’t get an 11-minute Macklemore response track on his end. Are you disappointed?
MGK echoes his blasé attitude toward race with a quote at the beginning of his TMZ ambush: “I’m not just a great white rapper. I’m a great rapper.” (And because Macklemore didn’t call MGK out on the song, we guess he is in the clear.)
But is he right? Should people in hip-hip be concerned about race at all?
We’ll let you guys decide that, but one thing is for sure: MGK clearly didn’t have advice for Cyrus and Azalea. He was too busy listening to The Rolling Stones, and he couldn’t be interrupted.