Iggy Azalea definitely has her fair share of detractors these days. However, the Australian rapper said nobody has ever accused her of full-blown fakery.
Of course, Azalea probably said this before news of Nicki Minaj’s appearance at the BET Awards started making the rounds. We’ll touch on that more in a minute. For now, let’s take a moment to discuss Iggy’s recent interview with the folks over at the Guardian.
During her chat with the publication, Azalea addressed the criticisms surrounding her authenticity. Since she was born and raised in Australia, many have taken issue with the fact that she raps like she’s from the southern half of the United States. However, Iggy said that her fellow musicians haven’t tossed these accusations in her general direction.
Iggy Azalea explained:
“You know the funny thing is. I have never had any musicians tell me that I wasn’t authentic for being white and Australian. Not one. Even I had a warped perception of how I would be received in this business. What I’ve come to realize is that it’s the people who write about music — or who are outside it in some way — who have a problem with what I am doing. The only true insiders are the musicians themselves.”
The rapper also took a moment to address the controversy surrounding a lyric from her tune “D.R.U.G.S.” Since Azalea referred to herself as a “runaway slave master,” some folks believed that Iggy has stepped over the line. Others, such as Azealia Banks, labeled the rapper as a racist.
Azalea said in her defense:
“Getting the word racist put on me sucked. And it’s hurtful for other people to have to hear it (she nods in the direction of the boyfriend, who is buttering a crumpet). And it is hurtful for other people’s families to have to hear it. I think people seriously need to rethink that word. We are very liberal in flinging it around and it is pretty fucking heavy.”
One person who definitely seems to think that Iggy Azalea isn’t entirely authentic is Nicki Minaj. A few people have accused the “Fancy” hitmaker of getting a little help with her lyrics, something that’s definitely frowned upon in the world of rap. The Inquisitr previously reported that Minaj was quick to point that out during her appearance at the BET Awards last weekend.
“What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it. No, no, no, no, no shade. I’m still one of the only MCs that’s out here spitting metaphors and making you think. And I really don’t even care if I get my credit or if I don’t.”
Do you think Iggy Azalea is authentic?
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