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Macklemore has been away from the scene for a spell, this after the Washington state rapper was involved in a head-on crash with an alleged drunk driver earlier this summer. The “Thrift Shop” star visited the set of Shade 45/SiriusXM’s Sway In The Morning, sharing details about the accident, going it alone without Ryan Lewis on his next project, and more.

A portion of the interview as transcribed and provided by the good folks at SiriusXM:

SiriusXM host Sway Calloway: “Why did you choose to do it solo this time? Without Ryan Lewis.”

Macklemore: “It was a decision that we both came to. And I think with the last album and how intense it was at times, particularly making White Privilege 2. Like that was an intense, as it should have been, an intense song to write and to have conversations with people, and really amazing conversations with folks. We had great conversations. Like the making of it. Working with the folks from BLM and workshopping and changing bars, and talking about race and America and white supremacy. All that was amazing for me. I think it was really heavy to make a nine minute song about race. Again, as it should be heavy. You can’t even scrape the surface on it. There’s inherent contradictions from the jump. We knew what it was going to do in terms of polarizing response. But, I think with that and just other songs that we did it was time to step back a little bit. And Ryan was the one that actually brought it up to me, and I was like ‘Yo, let’s do a EP’. And he was like, ‘I feel like I would be the worst producer for you right now’. He said that.”

Check out Macklemore’s full chat with Sway Calloway of Sway In The Morning in the clip below.

Photo: Screen Cap/Sway In The Morning