Jill Scott and Eve had a chance to open up recently about how they feel about Iggy Azalea.
The 42-year-old singer and 36-year-old rapper were interviewed on Friday for Shade 45’s Sway In The Morning radio show.
The two leading ladies were promoting their new Lifetime movie, With This Ring.
However, when Sway shifted the focus of the conversation from the film to Iggy Azalea, neither of the two ladies held back when discussing the Black Widow rapper and cultural appropriation.
Eve started her part of the conversation on fairly neutral ground, explaining the prevalence of hip-hop as a culture — the same culture that Iggy Azalea apparently grew up following.
“Yeah, she’s white, but they grew up on our sh*t. Hip-hop is everywhere — every neighborhood, every country, every city — and it didn’t just hit.”
However, Eve also made it clear that she is not a big fan of Iggy Azalea’s music or the accolades that she is getting as a new artist.
“I think people right now are too quick to give too many accolades to new people. That’s the one thing I just can’t stand… It’s not my cup of tea, but she’s representing for somebody. She’s doing her thing.”
Jill Scott seemed to agree with Eve and the way that she felt about Iggy Azalea in general. The “Gettin’ in the Way” singer called Iggy Azalea’s popular style a “big bite” of other female rappers — namely, Da Brat and Eve. Jill confirmed that the close resemblance is what has made it “challenging” for her to embrace Iggy Azalea’s music.
“I’m a mixture of Sarah Vaughan… So, if someone else who comes from that era, they be looking at me like, ‘Shh, you a’ight.’ So, that has been the only thing that stops me… I know where that comes from.”
One of the biggest points that both Jill Scott and Eve apparently agreed on during their interview with Sway was Iggy’s lack of originality.
After agreeing that the “Fancy” rapper is not “original,” they even gave her rapping accent a name of its own by calling it a “blaccent.”
Since Iggy Azalea is from a different place, Eve states that it could actually be great if Iggy Azalea focused more on her own, natural “swag.”
“It would be dope to hear her with her swag. Who are you, what are you, what is that?”
Jill Scott chimed in by mentioning the other talented artists and musicians from Australia that she has heard in the past that she really enjoyed, implying that Iggy Azalea could still be successful in the music industry perhaps without her “blaccent.”
In the video footage of the interview, they start discussing Iggy Azalea and her “blaccent” at the 8:15 mark.
What do you think about what they said? Do you agree with Jill Scott and Eve?
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