i belong to a few really great hip hop communities on facebook that are into deep, well written, smart, revolutionary artists, rather than the bullshit that is played on commercial radio most of the time, but there is still a lot of hate for macklemore on there. it’s about half and half. the half that hates him, i think are just mainly jealous to see his success over so many great underground rappers that have so far not reached the fame they may deserve, and they think he is too pop to be real hip hop. it is only a small percent, but unfortunately i do still see a few people saying that his message of gay rights doesn’t belong in hip hop, but i am proud to say that there are a lot of responses to comments like that saying that it absolutely belongs in hip hop, as equality for all was what hip hop was all about in a lot of ways in the beginning. getting everybody on the dance floor together to have a good time as one people, learning the histories of eachother’s cultures and accepting eachother. if you ask people today what hip hop is about they say guns, bitches and money…. but hip hop is revolutionary in its roots and there are still many artists out there spreading a message of peace and equality, and macklemore has just blown up doing that exact thing. yes, he is white and you can argue that he has a privilege for that, and he might, i’m not saying you’re wrong if you think that, but the dude is also highly talented, he has a team of highly talented and unique artists making songs with him which are catchy as fuck and he is sticking to hip hop’s original roots and message in his unique way and he deserves the recognition and i hope it inspires more great music with that kind of heart to come along.