During a recent interview, Macklemore addressed accusations that he and Eminem are only guests in hip-hop.
Macklemore shared a clip of his interview with CBS Mornings. Nate Burleson asked him how he feels about being a white rapper in the culture.
“I think it’s true. It is true and I agreed. If you look at the origin of where hip-hop came from and what was happening in New York City and what was happening in the Bronx. And the way that Black people and people of color been treated historically from the jump, this music was birth out of oppression,” he explained.
“Hip-Hop is inclusive so there’s always been an open door to a certain extent but I’m a guest, Em’s a guest. Doesn’t matter how good we get. Doesn’t matter how great Eminem is. We’re guests in the culture. A hundred percent. And that’s not to say that I don’t belong here,” the “Heroes” rapper added. “I absolutely belong here. But you still have to realize this is not your house. And that you’re a guest. Take Your shoes off and help with some dishes.”
Is he right? Are white rappers guests in hip-hop?