Art Macklemore raps his support for Palestine

Macklemore raps his support for Palestine

Collateral Crew

Hind’s Hall is the title of Macklemore’s new song. In the midst of a dissing between Drake and Kendrick Lamar, the Seattle rapper comes out with a new track that takes a strong stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and shouts “cease fire,” implying that there are more important issues to deal with and to which to turn attention. The words of the text are direct and leave no room for compromise or equivocation – “What happened to the artist? What d’you got to say?” he says addressing fellow artists “If I was on a label, you could drop me today, I’d be fine with it ’cause the heart fed my page. I want a ceasefire, fuck a response from Drake.” But not only that, Macklemore sides with student protests on U.S. campuses and denounces the president’s position, “The blood is on your hands, Biden, we can see it all. And fuck no, I’m not votin’ for you in the fall“.

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In a complex media whirlwind to navigate, there are plenty of users who have shared Macklemore’s video. To date, artists taking a stand are not many, but even in the face of the protests that occurred outside the Met Gala, this seems to be a turning point. Certainly Macklemore shows us that a small difference can be made, in fact all profits from the song will go to UNRWA, the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees. In addition to his criticism of his two colleagues and the American president, the artist’s anger is also directed at the police. The rapper begins the piece by quoting the anti-police song by the group N.W.A “When I was seven, I learned a lesson from Cube and Eazy-E. What was it again? Oh yeah, fuck the police” highlighting the overly violent and baseless reactions to student activists. If Ben Beaumont-Thomas writes in the Guardian that more than 2,000 students have been arrested across the country during pro-Palestinian protests, and that hundreds of these are teens arrested by the NYPD during protests at Columbia University last week, that means Macklemore’s words tell a much more real cross-section of America than one might imagine.

Written by Collateral Crew
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