I’m just stating my opinion and what I believe is the nature of the Macklemore hate that people have. I’ve listened to the guy, liked his album, it was decent. Listened to his lyrics. Fine. But here’s where I start to have a problem. It’s not even the artist I dislike it’s the fans, it’s his hype, this pushing of this machine for Macklemore. I hear a lot of “oh he’s not like other rappers. He’s deep. He raps about issues and social topics.” Really? He’s the only one? The first rapper ever to pick up a mic and rap about things that are wrong? That’s where I have a problem. I believe that’s where other hip-hop fans have a problem. To me because he’s white media will focus on him more because of it. Therefore you get new or fairweather fans who might’ve heard a Jay-Z or Lil Wayne single thinks that rap sucks but hears Macklemore and think “wow this guy’s deeper than them.”
To me who’s been a hip-hop fan from practically day one and who did history on it (and believe me it’s got plenty of history) to hear people who think that he’s the only rapper to state political issues to lyrics is like ……wow really. You got rappers still relevant are still social conscious. Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Nas, Immortal Technique. You got rappers from the old school that did it when saying the truth was controversy. Public Enemy, NWA, Grandmaster Flash, KRS-1.
I’m just saying the problem that I’ve rolled my eyes at when people praise Macklemore is its coming from those who don’t know hip-hop and don’t want to know hip-hop saying that this is what hip-hop needs.