Outside of Eminem, Macklemore and Machine Gun Kelly are probably the two most visible white rappers on the scene but according to MGK, the two exist in two different worlds. Last week, TMZ cameras followed the Cleveland rapper in LAX and prompted him on race issues, to which he responded, “Race is not an issue. Race is an issue for people like Macklemore.”
In an interview with Billboard, Kelly clarified his comments and says that he and Macklemore grew up differently and don’t have much in common.
“I think me and Macklemore exist in two different worlds. I would never think twice about marching next to my brother for an issue we both believe in. These are issues that I am actually facing. Cleveland, Ohio is the real deal. We’ve seen it happen especially moreso with all of these police shootings, friends of mine being killed, all of that happening within the past couple years. The tension is rising more and more and I just have no reason to think twice about standing for what I believe in. I don’t see these people as my black friends — these are my friends, these are my family, these are people in my city that we want to stand up for. I think just as much as racism is an issue so is classism. Economics runs the world. The one percent [of the population] get rich and fat, leaving the other 99 percent to suffer. I’m part of the 99 percent and I’m sticking up for everyone who is trying to do something with their lives and make it out.
To be honest, I don’t want to get into too much but I don’t believe in social-issue hopping. Like I don’t believe in hopping from one social issue to the next to be a part of the movement for a moment. Anything I’m involved in is something that I would die for. I can’t support things that don’t feel genuine.”
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