Iggy Azalea has received a lot of criticism lately about appropriating black culture. Not many male rappers have come to Iggy’s defense lately — until now. MC Lyte has nothing but love for the white Australian rapper. Despite the backlash that Iggy has received for the past month, Lyte believes that Iggy Azalea is a huge fan of hip-hop. MC Lyte is the latest person to weigh in on the controversy surrounding Iggy along with Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, and will.i.am.
MC Lyte shared her input in a recent interview with Hello Beautiful.
“What I think about her is that she is a fan of hip-hop. I’ve heard her on a few interviews and I know who she is in terms of having traveled abroad since I was 17, 18 years old. And there are people of all colors that love hip-hop. When she says that she is a lover of this culture, I believe her.”
MC Lyte didn’t just stop at her opinions on Azalea. She also talked about Nicki Minaj. Lyte also had nothing but kind things to say about Minaj. She said that she would love to hear an Iggy Azalea/Nicki Minaj collaboration in the future. Lyte would also love to collaborate with Minaj.
“I think Nicki is a great business woman. And I think she came at the right time. Even guys from camps who had female MCs in their camp, abandoned their female MC to have Nicki on their tracks. To have a crew of people around you that really believe in what it is that you’re doing, that can provide the support and give you the push and the promo is everything. Would I ever do a record with Nicki? I don’t know. We’d have to agree upon our subject matter.”
As for Azalea, she’s become the topic of debates when it comes to cultural appropriation and black culture. Because of Azalea’s success, many people have been talking about white artists and their dip into the hip-hop pool. Azalea isn’t the only one who has appropriated black culture. Macklemore, Eminem, and Miley Cyrus have also been slammed in the past for capitalizing off of black culture.
This serious topic hasn’t fazed Iggy, though. The rapper has done nothing to educate herself on the topic. She recently compared herself to music legends like Elvis Presley and Eminem and said, “[We’ve] all basically done black music.”
Azalea told Vanity Fair the following in a recently published interview.
“If you go back to the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley and Eminem — they’ve all basically done music.”
Iggy Azalea doesn’t believe that it has anything to do with the color of her skin. She believes the criticism has to do with her being a woman in the game.
“They don’t say that stuff about Macklemore. So, yes, I think it has 100,000 percent to do with the fact that I have a vagina.”
[Image by Julia Altenburger]