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Talib Kweli

Macklemore Is Real Hip-Hop

... But His Fans Are NOT

1/29/2014 3:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have at least one fan in the hip hop community -- former Black Star rapper Talib Kweli says haters need to back off because the real issue isn't Mack's skin color... it's about his fans.

Talib came out swinging on DJ Whoo Kid's SiriusXM show today ... defending Mack & Ryan against rap fans and critics by saying, "When  you hear people dissing them, they really dissing their audience."

He explained, "Their audience don't know about hip hop, but their audience is into them."

It's an interesting perspective ... because ever since Macklemore blew up last year he's been hearing that he has an unfair "white rapper" advantage.

Talib doesn't buy it, but check the clip ... he addresses the whole white rapper theory.

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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Macklemore sucks actually

236 days ago
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myjah    

Talib is right, for the most part. Macklemore has been around for a long time. It's just since he's blown up, it's now young white girls and boys from the suburbs who don't listen to black rappers who are into him. It does hurt his "cred" as a rapper.

236 days ago
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Carl    

A white rapper advantage? As far as I'm aware Macklemore might be only the second white rapper, behind Eminem, to have a real shot at a full fledged career in rap or hip hop. Obviously there are some one hit wonders like Vanilla Ice and Snow, but I can't think of a music form that is more biased against whites than rap and hip hop.

236 days ago
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harvey is racist    

ofcourse macklemore is true hiphop..he is someone who lives and breathe and has always lived and breathe hiphop..

However the issue most of us have with macklemore is this...

1. he exploited the gay movement for his own selfish gain..He saw the momentum of the movement and figured that he'll use it to get his name out there

2. It always annoys us when a white entertainer who is actually not that UNIQUE as far as talent goes, given accolades and adulation for doing something that other people of color have been doing and do a better job at it than the white entertainers.

Macklemore put out a decent album..with decent music and decent lyrics...Yet folks act like its the best thing ever and no one has done it before.

You ask these "fans" who their favorite rappers are they will tell you .. "oh i dont really listen to hip hop all that much but i like macklemore and eminem or [insert random white rapper here]. They only mess with the genre because someone is doing it that looks like them. That to me is freaking annoying.

Body of work compared to body of work...there's no way the heist is even close to the material on Kendrick lamar's album. That's if you look at it objectively.


This has always been the theme when it comes to black music in america. WHen blacks are doing it, they consider it jungle music...when their kid learns to do and get decent at it , its now mysteriously "art" and they give all the praises and awards to "their kid"...

236 days ago
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Nicoleasm    

What's the difference between him and Eminem? No one gave Eminem a hard time when he won best rap album a couple years ago

236 days ago
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Mr Barcliff    

I got respect for Mack/Ryan and they are hip hop and im a dude who comes from the culture and vouch for them they are. To me, its how they rose to fame and there style that makes people diss them. The people dissing dont KNOW WHO THEY ARE, Hip Hop stars tend to have a following 1st via the streets, even Eminem had a street uprising. Mack/Ryan were an indy label and did it from Seattle. I respect them and feel that hip hop is no longer one way to articulate it, its not about race anymore its about how you express yourself and theres no limit on that, hip hop is no longer just about drugs and calling woman ho's and the club, its international. Yeah, it hurts to see that the award that use to be won year in and out went to someone other than DraKE or T.I or Kendrick Lamar but, this is the world we live in. Mack/Ryan actually deserve the award the won as well and I hope the best for them, they LOVE the music and culture so they are hip hop!!!! LGNM

236 days ago
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Charla    

Macklemore IS a mediocre rapper. He is more pop than hip-hop. He has won many accolades because his fans aren't true hip-hop fans. They are the ones who listen to the pop/commercial rap radio stations without the bad words. The LGBT community runs the entertainment world, just ask any star who has said anything negative about them, and he has pretty much played to them for record sales and publicity.

236 days ago
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TMP    

Not a fan of Mackelmore and I guess I get what dude is saying but here's the thing... who cares. As someone who's been told most of my life that I'm too white to listen to hip hop but too black to listen to pop music, I say screw it.... listen to whatever you want. If Mackelmore's fans like him, who the hell cares. There are some genre's a music that just don't fit into one single cookie cutter mold and there is nothing wrong with that. Stop trying to label everything and stop trying to make it all about race, all the time. LISTEN TO WHAT YOU WANT AND ENJOY IT. The end.

236 days ago
9.

Truth    

FROM POP LP PERSPECTIVE THE SH*T IS PASSABLE FOR URBAN AMERICA... FROM A TRUE RAP URBAN AMERICA PERSPECTIVE HE SUCKS THE SAME SH*T. DIFFERENCE IS EMINEM GREW UP IN GHETTO GANGSTA DETROIT AMONG BLACK RAPPERS. MACKLEMORE GREW UP IN WANNABE VANILLA ICE MA AND PA KETTLE HONEY BOO-BOO SH*T. TALKIN ON A TRACK AINT RAP. HE SOUNDS E-TARDED ON THE CD HALF THE TIME. #LAME #TRUTH

236 days ago
10.

Brian    

Who cares, rap is just crap anyway.

236 days ago
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Bypass    

Kweli's one of the greats, but his comments made no sense whatsoever. His comments were sarcastic. Anyone listening to the chuckles in the background know he was being patronizing.

236 days ago
12.

OneWayStreet    

Who CARES what genre he falls into? If he makes music that people like then so be it. If you don't like it, don't effing listen to it. Enough with the labels and white/black bull****.

236 days ago
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bkblueknight    

what a snob

236 days ago
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Phoenicks    

There's no difference between the crowd that bumps "Thrift Shop" like it's the best rap song of 2013 and the TRL kids who woo'ed for Eminem's "My Name Is" 15 years ago.

236 days ago
15.

w    

Mackledork is a sell out

236 days ago
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