By now, I am sure that you have heard of the Twitter beef between Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks. Or, at the very least, you’re aware of it. Even if you’re not a fan of Hip Hop, I’m sure you are aware of the racial undertones in the long running, never ending beef. With words like race/cultural appropriation, culture vulture, and the idea that Hip Hop could possibly become the next Rock n Roll, you would be hard pressed to not know anything.
With the current racial divide being at its highest since the Civil Rights era, you don’t have to be a fan of Hip Hop, to know that Iggy Azalea is a polarizing figure, when it comes to Hip Hop.
But the problem with Iggy is the fact that IMO she’s a caricature, a cartoon representation what she thinks Hip Hop is. From emulating and copying Southern black women’s dialect and cadence, Iggy is nothing more than a female MC Gusto copying and rehearsing something that has already been done while perpetrating the real thing.
Iggy has benefited nicely from Hip Hop, in ways that most rappers could only dream of; racking up numerous awards along the way. Being nominated for album of the year in this year’s Grammys, it would appear that Iggy is mainstream’s Hip Hop darling. But while she continues to reap the benefits of Hip Hop, she rarely contributes to the culture that she is a part of. Choosing to turn a blind eye to the “culture” of Hip Hop, it appears that Iggy only wants to be a part of it whenever it suits her.
With the thought that Iggy is using Hip Hop for her personal gain, while being oblivious to its origins, as well as its importance to social ills, it would appear that Iggy is content in her white privilege. Not to mention, she seems to take the “woe is me” attitude whenever she is called to the carpet for her culture jacking and refuses to take part in any type of dialogue as to why. Basically she adopts the victim mindset while laughing all the way to the bank.
After the Eric Garner verdict, Iggy was called out by her longtime nemesis, Azealia Banks, for not speaking up about the Michael Brown or Eric Garner verdicts. Banks claims that Iggy only wants to be a part of Hip Hop when it’s convenient for her; while refusing to take part in the social activism side.
Recently, after the Legendary Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest’s fame, in the most sincerest of ways took to Twitter to give Iggy a history lesson on the origins of Hip Hop and its connection to sociopolitical movements. She once again, after 2 days, replied in a flippant, defiant and defensive tone, dismissing Q-Tip’s assistance as chastisement.
And to make matters worse, her label head and boss, T.I, once again donned his cape and came to her rescue. Thanking Q-Tip for the history lesson, Tip defended Iggy’s place in Hip Hop and the cultural phenomenon of “white people” earning their place in the genre. Basically saying that just because a white person raps doesn’t mean they’re trying to steal our shit. I guess T.I is so blinded by the checks that she’s bringing in that he can’t see what all the fuss is about. With coddling like that, why should Iggy take a look at the woman in the mirror to examine herself and possibly reevaluate what she can offer Hip Hop rather than continue taking.
So what do you think of Iggy Azalea? Do you think she is the new age Elvis, looking to lead the charge to take over Hip Hop like Elvis did Rock n Roll?
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