Recently Iggy Azalea sat down with Billboard magazine to discuss everything under the sun. One of those topics was her street cred. As a rapper, especially a white female rapper, Iggy is a double minority. As such, it’s easy to see why she might be underestimated in the industry. Considering the fact that her songs are soaring on top 40 alongside pop music, it isn’t surprising to see how Azalea has a hard time getting respect from others in the industry.
“We get so caught up, especially in rap, with what’s authentic, and I wish people would think more about what the f**k that even means,” said Azalea.
It’s not just the people in her industry who have criticisms — it’s also the critics who are questioning Iggy’s intentions.
“One critic was like, ‘Why didn’t you talk about more Australian things?’ I don’t understand why I’m supposed to write a song about living in the outback and riding a kangaroo to be authentic.”
Even though it may be tough being an Australian rapper, Azalea seems to revel in the attention, and is used to people singling her out for being different. Of her childhood the rapper said, “I was always the kid that was f**king weird.”
The fact that industry professionals are recognizing Iggy isn’t anything new. Back in 2012 Eve criticized Iggy Azelea when the rapper was first bursting out on the scene. Eve decided to highlight the talents of Azealia Banks instead of Iggy Azelea.
“I like Azealia Banks — I think her style is dope. If you listen to her lyrics, she knows how to wordplay and I think that’s cute. I’m not really into the Iggy Azalea chick. I can’t really f**k with her music, but her look is crazy. I just can’t believe it.”
Iggy of course heard about this and spoke about Eve’s comments during a performance at XXL’s Freshmen Live concert.
“I’m not mad at [Eve] for not understanding it. How could you if you’ve never been ostracized or loved something you weren’t suppose to love? Everything you’ve loved you’re allowed to love, so, how could you understand me? Thus, how could you know if it’s real? I used to be like, ‘It is real, let me prove it to you.’ Now, I don’t care if you think it’s real or not because it’s what I love, it’s my life.”
Sounds like Iggy is still grounded.
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